MMS gets requests for offshore alternative energy

Wind on the water.

The Minerals Management Service says it received 43 nominations for offshore “alternative energy resource assessment and technology testing activities,” AKA wind or wave power. The nominations were received in response to an announcement by MMS in the Federal Register on November 6, 2007.

“We are excited about the level of response and the number of areas nominated for potential development,” said MMS Director Randall B. Luthi. “This confirms there is tremendous interest in tapping the wealth of renewable energy resources offshore.”

The MMS can issue limited-term leases allowing data collection and technology testing, such as the set up of meteorological and marine data collection facilities or actual energy technology tests. But the MMS notes since wind turbine technology “is reasonably well established offshore wind turbine technologies will not be authorized for technology testing through the interim policy.”
Most Atlantic Coast applications were are for meteorological and oceanographic data collection facilities to support wind generation projects off Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia. Applications off Florida focused on ocean current information collection and technology while off the Pacific Coast the interest is in wave energy off California, Oregon and Washington. A single application was received in Alaska for a Cook Inlet tidal power project.
The request for proposals and comments on the applications can be found here.
BTW, you really like wind energy. How do we know? The American Wind Energy Association says so:

By a 7-1 margin, Americans agree that the federal government should extend incentives that encourage greater use of renewable energy technologies.

More specifically:

The survey research firm Zogby International surveyed Americans on existing federal incentives for renewable energy, in a poll commissioned by AWEA. The survey found that 85% of Americans agree with the statement, “The federal government should continue existing incentives to encourage greater use of renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar power.” Just 12% disagree.