A coalition of environmental and other organisations supporting offshore wind power development off the east coast of the US has urged President Obama to boost efforts to promote this form of renewable energy.
In a letter to the president this week, the 217 groups-strong coalition pointed out that the US can no longer ignore "this massive domestic energy source that has been producing thousands of jobs and megawatts of clean energy in Europe for over a decade".
The coalition called for more federal funding for research and development in the sector, and for an extension of the Investment Tax Credit to offshore wind farms. This allows companies to deduct a certain percentage of investment costs from their tax liability.
More effort is needed to coordinate offshore wind energy development, adequately staff the government bodies that oversee the sector, and to secure a market for offshore wind power, the letter states.
Plans to develop offshore wind farms are in place in several US states on the Atlantic coast, but significant delays have plagued Cape Wind, the most advanced project so far, which is to be located off the Massachusetts coast.