UK offshore wind stalls

12/09/2013
European and US lawmakers differ in their policies on offshore wind farms, yet this reporter suspects Europe's offshore wind industry could provide some lessons to US lawmakers, the energy industry, and its investors. Ten European countries host more than 1,660 turbines on 55 wind farms while the US currently has no turbines offshore. The UK and Germany have favored construction of large offshore wind projects in stages covering decades. The US has no such long-term approach on offshore wind policy. Regulatory stability is a key issue for the energy industry regardless of whether one is discussing fossil fuels or wind energy. Offshore wind projects are capital intensive so regulatory stab...
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