Six U.S. governors despatched a letter to President Biden final week urging extra assist for the offshore wind business, citing rising issues that surging prices imperil multibillion greenback projects deliberate for northeast Atlantic states.
Soaring supplies prices, excessive rates of interest and provide chain snags have prompted mission builders together with Shell (SHEL), Orsted (OTCPK:DNNGY), Equinor (EQNR), BP (BP) and Avangrid (AGR) to cancel or renegotiate energy contracts for the primary commercial-scale U.S. wind farms, which had anticipated to start operations inside the subsequent 5 years.
Companies say they’re dedicated to the projects, which have a mixed capability of greater than 6,000 MW, however the necessity to strike new contracts and safe specialised gear in demand all around the world threaten extreme delays.
“Without federal action, offshore wind deployment in the U.S. is at serious risk of stalling because states’ ratepayers may be unable to absorb these significant new costs alone,” the governors stated in the letter.
Failed projects would threaten state deployment goals as nicely as Biden’s bid to get 30 GW of offshore wind manufacturing capability put in by the tip of the last decade – a pivotal a part of the president’s broader purpose to decarbonize the U.S. financial system by 2050.
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