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US Offshore wind farms are being strangled with red tape

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🗞️ Driving the news: US offshore wind farms are facing rising costs and numerous project cancellations
• Major companies like Ørsted and BP have canceled contracts, incurring penalties and financial losses
• The industry is burdened by complex regulations and determined opposition

🔭 The context: Unlike in Europe and Asia, permitting and approval for US offshore wind projects take years which eventually impacts the overall financial performance and operations renewable companies
• Developers face significant financial risks due to long approval times and rising supply costs
• The Jones Act complicates logistics, increasing costs and delays

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Offshore wind is crucial for reducing carbon emissions and transitioning to clean energy
• Despite challenges, financial incentives and policy changes can help stabilize the industry
Successful development can lead to economic growth and a cleaner environment

⏭️ What's next: New contracts allowing for price adjustments post-approval are making projects more attractive
• The regulatory process is being streamlined, but it remains lengthy
• The Biden administration's goal for 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030 faces significant hurdles
• Reducing the amount of roadblocks to offshore wind project implementation is essential on the road to achieving the government’s increasingly ambitious renewable energy targets

📈 One stat: The US had just 42 megawatts of offshore wind capacity at the end of 2023, far behind China and Europe

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