The United States does not have any offshore wind turbines installed, despite their success in Europe for 25 years. A complicated regulatory regime, uncertain financial incentives, stakeholder opposition, and intensive data requirements contribute to the lack of progress in the United States. Extensive biological, social, and technical data are required as part of the environmental permitting process. Generating these data, at the temporal and spatial scales appropriate for assessment documentation, often results in lengthy delays in the permitting process.
Individual-based tracking studies are critical for assessing potential effects of offshore wind energy facilities on target bird populations. Since 2013, we have worked in collaboration with the U.S.
A key component of offshore wind planning includes existing uses of the marine environment, in order to optimally site wind projects while minimizing conflicts. Commercial fisheries comprise an important stakeholder group, and may be one of the most impacted stakeholders from offshore renewable energy development.
Morten Basse Jenson is CEO and Director of Renewables at Offshore energy dk, a member-based non-profit organization with the overall purpose of gathering the offshore sector’s players, strengthening the sector and collaborating about the challenges of the future through a joint effort.
The Role of Foundation Damping in Offshore Wind Turbine Dynamics