This letter to the Department of Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management BOEM provides evidence of the catastrophic failure of offshore wind energy that has left Europeans without reliable or commercially reasonable energy, but with staggering debt.
September 23, 2014
Robert P. LaBelle, Acting Executive Director and Federal Officer Science Advisor to the Director and Acting Chief, Office of Environmental Programs Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 381 Elden Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170
RE: Massachusetts "Takes Lead in U.S. Offshore Wind Development" by ignoring catastrophic failure of European offshore wind?
Dear Director LaBelle:
By invitation at the cost to me of $185.00, I can listen to you as a Federal Officer extol benefits of offshore wind energy with MA Public Officials and wind industry executives as featured speaker at the “EBC Renewable Energy Program: Massachusetts Takes Lead in U.S. Offshore Wind Development” on Sept 30, 2014 at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston. http://www.scribd.com/doc/238091522/09-30-14-Draft-Agenda-Off-Shore-Wind-Update
That I must pay to witness the Department of Interior, BOEM, and MA Public Officials act as wind industry pitch men, and place at risk precious natural resources, food and commerce sources, and actual jobs, and commit billions in public-funding to the fallacious, high risk, and “collapsed” offshore wind industry is disturbing.
Public Interest is undermined when oil, gas, minerals mining, and wind-industry executives partner with government. Inherent is the motivation to serve the interest of industry to monetize and privatize public resources, the commons, Essential Fish Habitat, waterways, fishing grounds, migratory corridors, spawning grounds, Tribal Cultural Property, commercial, recreational, and navigational areas that are under current and conflicting use. Motivation exists to misconstrue the facts, and to manipulate the science in order to divest the public of our precious and critical resources as generous public grants, loan guarantees, public subsidies, tax credits and political capital fuel the failing offshore wind industry.
While public merit in energy matters is defined as reliable energy sources that are commercially reasonable and reasonably safe, offshore wind has historically delivered zero benefits. Where offshore wind projects have been deployed they have catastrophically failed. As a Federal Officer, or a federal or state Public Official conducting the public business, the public interest should guide your actions. U.S. citizens are by onerous rules positioned to commit billions of dollars to fund the offshore wind energy historically too challenging for German engineers. The world’s largest offshore wind turbine manufacturers admit defeat by Mother Nature and Murphy’s Law. Our regulators would serve public interest by protecting nearly one million Acres of seabed from exploitation by wind, oil and gas Limited Liability Corporations, and by guarding our monetary wealth by your meaningful acknowledgement that the offshore wind energy industry is collapsing, and has gone from "Boom to Bust".
Cape Wind's specifications continue to feature technology that consistently fails, or is untested, the evidence: http://bjdurk.newsvine.com/_news/2012/07/29/13018297-cape-wind-is-discontinued-sinking-shifting-and-corroding-by-developers-specifications
Summary of evidence- Cape Wind’s first GE 3.6 MW wind turbine was "discontinued" by GE. At that time, 2004/2005, Cape Wind was under NEPA permit review involving 17 or more reviewing entities, and the FAA and USCG, but its project as 130 wind turbines had already failed offshore Arklow as (7) land-based and modified wind turbines by General Electric. Federal and State Agencies continued to review the "discontinued" Cape Wind prototype, yet advanced the project as a "reliable" energy source. The public would fund 66% of Cape Wind, with failing technology, with projected $2.6 billion cost, if Cape Wind finds investors. The public is then on the hook for $1.7 billion for Cape Wind, with energy cost projected at triple current AFTER public subsidies, featuring failing technology, before one piling is driven into Nantucket Sound. The public debt associated with Cape Wind enlarges to include transport and assembly vessels, jack-up barges, conversion of ports, transmission upgrades, etc., all required by Cape Wind featuring failing technology.
The Marine Commerce Terminal in New Bedford
This project was estimated to cost $35 million by the Patrick Administration. This port conversion fails to accommodate larger vessels, yet the terminal cost has already ballooned to $100 million without addressing additional excavation now required. http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140812/NEWS/408120323
Offshore Wind project failures plague Europe The German offshore flagship wind project Bard 1 offshore wind farm is “a faulty total system” Source: Breitbart 9/14 "Instead of producing energy, Riffgat is actually consuming it. To prevent the rotors from corroding in the salty air, they have to be supplied with electricity produced with diesel generators." Spiegel International http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-offshore-wind-industry-goes-from-boom-to-bust-a-914158.html
Offshore wind is plagued with expensive and unanticipated technology problems, and project failures. Honest dialogue and factual media coverage can alter the course of this looming economic disaster facilitated by ignorance, greed and denial.
Thank you for your hopeful review of articles below from well respected news and wind industry publications, and media outlets reporting about Europe's failed offshore wind energy experiment.
WindPower Offshore Sweden: offshore wind project to be dismantled after only 13 years of operation "Vattenfall said only one of the (5) turbines is currently operational." SWEDEN Sweden Gallery: Vattenfall's Yttre Stengrund decommissioned 19 September 2014 by David Weston, 3 comments SWEDEN: Vattenfall has decided to dismantle the 10MW Yttre Stengrund, its first Swedish offshore wind project, after 13 years of operation.
Spiegel: Germany’s Large-Scale Offshore Windpark Dream Morphs Into An Engineering And Cost Nightmare By P Gosselin on 11. September 2014 The print 35/2014 edition of Spiegel magazine focuses on the growing failure of Germany’s first ambitious offshore wind energy project, BARD Offshore 1, which aims to be a model for the world in providing clean, green energy on a large scale.
Breitbart, London 9/12/2014 ‘Flagship German Offshore Wind Farm Project Humiliated by Technical Faults’ Germany’s flagship Bard 1 offshore wind farm has been described as “a faulty total system” as technical problems continue to plague the project, casting major doubts on the feasibility of large scale offshore projects.
Wattsupwiththat 8/26/3014 ‘Bearings: The Achilles Heel of Wind Turbines’ August 26, 2013 Clips- Siemens citing bearing failures as part of the reason for a substantial fall in profit;
http://www.offshorewind.biz/2014/05/07/siemens-energy-division-profit-down-54-pct/ http://www.geartechnology.com/newsletter/0112/drives.htm (an attempt to make direct drive turbines, to reduce bearing wear) “… More accurately, it is typically the bearings within the gearbox that fail, in turn gumming up the gearbox, but that’s a story for another time. …” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burbo_Bank_Offshore_Wind_Farm “… During summer 2010 Siemens decided to change the blade bearings on all 25 turbines as a pre-emptive measure after corrosion was found in blade bearings found on other sites. …”
‘Germany has a $412 Billion Renewable Energy Money Pit Lesson For Ontario’ Germany, the model for Ontario’s wind and solar developments, now regrets its spending spree Brady Yauch — Financial Post — August 12, 2014
'Spain's Green Disaster a Lesson for America' – CBN News
‘High costs are the Achilles’ heel of offshore wind farms’ http://www.agcs.allianz.com/insights/expert-risk-articles/offshore-wind-farms-pioneering-work-on-the-high-seas/
Date: 01-08-2014 Source: Wall Street Journal Wind-Power Sector Hopes for Sea Change
Clip- “Siemens, the world’s largest manufacturer of offshore wind turbines, and its partners concede they underestimated the challenges behind offshore wind. The financial fallout from these challenges was highlighted on Thursday, when Siemens said it booked €128 million ($171 million) in new charges related to connecting offshore wind farms to the power grid. It blamed unexpectedly high costs for shipping, installing and starting up grid components.”
Noteworthy- Breitbart-London 2014/09/20/ [clip]
Environmental researcher wind industry riddled with absolute-corruption A Mexican ecologist has blown the whistle on the corruption, lies and incompetence of the wind industry - and on the massive environmental damage it causes in the name of saving the planet. When a project is installed, the first step is to "dismantle" the area, a process through which all surrounding vegetation is eliminated. This means the destruction of plants and sessilities - organisms that do not have stems or supporting mechanisms - and the slow displacement over time of reptiles, mammals, birds, amphibians, insects, arachnids, fungi, etc. Generally we perceive the macro scale only, that is to say, the large animals, without considering the small and even microscopic organisms... ....After the construction is finalized, the indirect impact continues in the sense that ecosystems are altered and fragmented. As a result, there is a larger probability of their disappearance, due to changes in the climate and the use of soil.
Corruption in the Massachusetts renewable energy sector is well documented and part of the public record. February 19, 2014. Secretary Mark Marini. Department of Public Utilities. One South Station. Boston, MA 02110. RE: DPU order #13-165 Best Practices for siting ... http://www.env.state.ma.us/dpu/docs/siting/13-165/13-165-Comments-9131.pdf