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Government to speed up offshore wind energy development
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Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled plans to begin issuing new offshore wind energy leases as soon as next year under an accelerated approval process.

The U.S. Interior Department said it will work to identify high priority areas off the Atlantic coast for offshore wind energy development, as well as revise regulations to simplify the leasing process as part of its new initiative.

"To fully harness the economic and energy benefits of our nation's vast Atlantic wind potential we need to implement a smart permitting process that is efficient, thorough, and unburdened by needless red tape," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement.

The department said it will also move "aggressively" to process applications to build offshore transmission lines to bring power from the wind farms onshore.

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  -Government to speed up offshore wind energy development ProSense  Nov-23-10 06:46 PM   #0 
  - "Now, we find the ground is more stable if we get the oil out from under it first..."  C_eh_N_eh_D_eh   Nov-23-10 07:07 PM   #1 
  - A hefty carbon tax on oil production would be an excellent way to fund investment in wind power  LawnKorn   Nov-23-10 07:54 PM   #3 
     - +1  wordpix   Nov-23-10 09:00 PM   #7 
     - I live near the largest wind farm in the north east built by First Wind  molly77   Nov-23-10 09:13 PM   #8 
     - "every mile it is transmitted is lost"  awoke_in_2003   Nov-23-10 09:27 PM   #10 
     - Pilot plants and technology demonstrations are rarely profitable  LawnKorn   Nov-24-10 05:39 AM   #13 
     - Mars Hill and Stetson are on-line & producing power and you have to sell electricity to sell RECs  jpak   Nov-24-10 07:23 AM   #16 
     - With the GOP gains, kiss any carbon tax goodbye. nt  NickB79   Nov-24-10 06:54 AM   #15 
  - Kennedy's not around to object anymore  DissedByBush   Nov-23-10 07:31 PM   #2 
  - The technology for off shore wind farms is not proven.  molly77   Nov-23-10 09:18 PM   #9 
     - It was about disturbing his view  DissedByBush   Nov-23-10 10:48 PM   #12 
     - It's been proven and it's operational in Europe - fish leave the area? What horseshit  jpak   Nov-24-10 07:32 AM   #17 
  - K&R  LawnKorn   Nov-23-10 07:54 PM   #4 
  - .  XemaSab   Nov-23-10 08:24 PM   #5 
  - It's too bad they can't put the power lines underground. Wind turbines I find very majestic,  truthisfreedom   Nov-23-10 08:51 PM   #6 
  - High voltage lines can't be buried over long distances  daleo   Nov-23-10 10:28 PM   #11 
  - Sounds good to me  titaniumsalute   Nov-24-10 05:59 AM   #14 

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