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Offshore wind costs hit record low in new Dutch Project

Two new massive 350MW arrays in the Netherlands will supply power to Dutch people at €87/MWh, which translates into under 10 cents/kWh.

Princess Amalia Wind Farm in the North Sea, photo by Ad Meskens

Dong Energy, a Danish company aims to supply electricity at €72.70/MWh (US$80.40), not including transmission costs. The cables will add about €14/MWh according to estimates. This really sets a new industry standard, because until now, the best price for wind energy was €103/MWh by Vattenfall in Denmark last year.

“It was a result that was well beyond anyone’s expectations,” said Oliver Joy, spokesperson for the European Wind Energy Association.

Dong will build 700MW worth of offshore turbines, taking advantage of relatively low steel prices. They also took advantage of low oil prices to get a bargain on installation vessels which would otherwise be used for drilling rigs. All in all, it seems like oil’s decline coincides with a great increase in renewable energy. In the Netherlands, household consumers can choose to buy renewable electricity. The country also imports renewable energy from Norway.

Of course, the Netherlands, like many Western and Northern European countries has very suitable conditions for wind energy. As a result, emissions from energy have dropped significantly, from 186 megatonnes in 2004 to just 156 ten years later.

Scotland to build giant, floating wind farm

The Scottish government announced that it approved the construction of UK’s first, and the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm.

Image via Scottish Government.

Norwegian energy firm Statoil has been granted a licence for the pilot scheme of six turbines which will have a generation capacity of 135GWh of electricity each year. Unlike land-based wind turbines, the Hywind turbines will be anchored in the seabed, transporting the electricity to the sea shore through buried cables.

“Hywind is a hugely exciting project, in terms of electricity generation and technology innovation, and it’s a real testament to our energy sector expertise and skilled workforce that Statoil chose Scotland for the world’s largest floating wind farm,” said John Swinney, deputy first minister.

This is quite exciting news, especially in the lead-up to the Paris climate summit, which attempts to establish binding agreements for countries in matters related to climate change.

“Floating wind represents a new, significant and increasingly competitive renewable energy source,“ said Irene Rummelhoff, Statoil’s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions. ”Statoil’s objective with developing this pilot park is to demonstrate a commercial, utility-scale floating wind solution, to further increase the global market potential. We are proud to develop this unique project in Scotland, in a region that has optimal wind conditions, a strong supply chain within oil and gas and supportive public policies.”

The world is well on its way of achieving 25% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, not in the least thanks to innovative developments in wind energy such as this one.

Rhode Island goes for offshore energy

In the ever developing struggle for alternative energy, Rhode Island made a significant step towards achieving their goal of fifteen percent offshore energy when they awarded Deepwater Wind the right to build a wind farm that will cost more than 1 billion dollars. This will also give the state more green jobs, as well as make it the new leader for clean power in the US.

Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri says that this will create about 800 jobs that will make about $60 million of annual salary. It is a well known fact that the US gets a really small fraction of their total energy from wind farms (1/100), but many believe that 20 years from now this figure will be significant (30/100) and other alternative sources will appear too.

Along with conservation, wind power could be the key to the problem of America’s low carbon future as a country. Rhode Island is among the states that have a strong portfolio set for 2020, when estimates are that they will get a quarter from their energy from renewable sources.

The federal law makers have resisted the same portfolio set for the whole nation, and the future is still uncertain, as John McCain speaks a lot about offshore wind farms, but his speeches are mostly rhetorical, doing hardly and real estimates. Obama has shown a viable plan to get about a quarter of energy from renewable sources.w