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US study could ‘needlessly stall’ offshore wind development

Wed 22 May 2019 by David Foxwell

US study could ‘needlessly stall’ offshore wind development
Randall Luthi: “offshore wind developers have worked with the military for years in the North Sea”

The National Ocean Industries Association says legislation proposed in the US is unnecessary and could slow the pace of offshore wind development there.

The House Appropriations Committee has adopted language calling for a one-year Department of Defense study on the impact of offshore wind turbines, which allegedly “when arranged in large arrays may cause interference to radars and that vibrations generated by the operation of turbines may cause sonic interference to underwater sonar.”

National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi issued the following statement regarding the amendment to the House of Representatives Department of Defense Appropriations bill.

Mr Luthi said, “The House Appropriations Committee has adopted language to the FY20 Defense Department Appropriations Act that threatens to derail a growing domestic offshore wind industry. 

“Some in Congress continue to seek to sow conflict between offshore energy development and military operations. Simply stated, we do not need more delays to once again study offshore wind, a renewable energy source which bolsters US energy independence and enhances our national security.

“For decades, offshore wind developers and the US military have worked in tandem with our NATO allies in the North Sea alongside offshore wind turbines. That same collaboration can happen in the US if Congress will stop giving in to conspiracy theories suggesting that wind energy cannot coexist with other industries and military operations in the outer continental shelf.

“America’s energy companies are on the cusp of major construction projects in the OCS.  If this language is made law, those projects will be threatened and the jobs and energy security that construction brings will be needlessly delayed.”


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