North America lags behind Europe in offshore wind energy projects

The Globe and Mail

A series of setbacks has stalled wind energy projects along the coasts of North America and in the Great Lakes, leaving this continent far behind Europe in the use of offshore turbines as a power source.

The latest disappointment for offshore wind proponents was the demise of Cape Wind, a massive and controversial project that would have seen 130 huge turbines in the ocean off Cape Cod in Massachusetts. After a 14-year fight with opponents – including billionaire Bill Koch – the project appeared to have finally passed all its legal hurdles. But in January, two utilities that had agreed to purchase much of the power cancelled contracts when the project missed a financing deadline.

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