First offshore wind project in US cancelled. Sigh

A tiny fraction of Scottish offshore wind and six more turbines than the US has in total. (Credit: Cleantechnica.com)

Wind power company Gamesa has cancelled plans to installed a solitary wind turbine off the Virginia coast, citing regulatory uncertanties, lack of an offshore grid, expiration of tax credits, and difficulties in getting locations approved.

Other countries have ginormous offshore wind farms. The US still has not a single offshore wind turbine. This is yet another telling and sad example of our inability to get things done even as we bleat about our exceptionalism and support for entrepeneurship. Our words embarassingly no longer match the reality, which is that the United States is so convulsed by internal squabbling that little of consequence gets accomplished.

Scotland has multiple offshore wind farms with more coming and is well on its way to producing all its power from renewable sources. Why is it that they can do it and we can’t?