The U.S. government identified four locations for offshore wind projects, a move that may accelerate the development of renewable energy projects.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the Wind Energy Areas, along the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, during a conference call today.
Under the program, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement will conduct environmental reviews for the four areas and, if no significant issues are identified, may issue leases to energy developers by the end of this year.
The two agencies introduced in December a similar program to fast-track the development of solar energy plants at 24 sites on federal land.
To "accelerate the development of renewable energy projects", the Interior Department will "fast-track" the environmental impact review, leasing and development of "offshore wind projects" along the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
The same kind of "fast track" review that BP received for its Gulf coast offshore oil wells.
In fact, in an effort to save the environment through wind power, we will disrupt and destroy the environment along the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia - - the sea beds, the marine life, and of course the birds that fly into the wind turbines.