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US calls investors to bid for offshore wind parks in North Atlantic

US is finally on the offshore wind map. On Tuesday 4th of June 2013 the Interior department anounced the first offshore lease sale will take place in July. This move risers hopes for large investments in the Offshore Wind industy.

Deepwater Wind, a Rhode Island-based offshore wind developer, is among at least nine energy companies aiming to set up shop in the prime real estate off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The two areas, comprising 164,750 acres or just slightly larger than the city of Chicago, are the first to be competitively bid under the government's program. They have an expected output capacity of 3,395 megawatts,  enough to power 1 million homes, according to the Interior Department.
“Today we are moving closer to tapping into the enormous potential offered by offshore wind to create jobs, increase our sustainability, and strengthen our nation’s competitiveness in this new energy frontier." Sally Jewell said in a statement Tuesday, almost two months after being sworn in as the 51st Secretary of the Interior. "As we experience record domestic oil and gas development, we are also working to ensure that America leads the world in developing the energy of the future.”

The US added 12,620 megawatts of wind capacity in 2012, the industry's best year of growth yet. Wind is the country's second largest contributor of renewable power, accounting for about 28 percent of electricity generation from renewable sources. Only hydroelectric power outranks it. Renewables as a whole make up a small portion (12 percent) of the nation's entire electricity mix.

Siemens invest in testing facilities for tidal energy

Edward Davey, secretary of state for Energy and Climate Change praised Siemens for its investment in innovative marine technologies at the opening of its new testing and assembly facility in Bristol today.

The new 25,000 square feet facility will be the base for the development of next- generation drive trains used in SeaGen - the world’s first and largest tidal turbine developed by Bristol-based Marine Current Turbines (MCT), now a fully-owned Siemens business.  

The facility will be the first of its kind in the UK and will be used by the MCT team to assemble and test the first drive trains. Full system testing of the drive trains will be completed at Narec in Northumberland.  The Bristol facility will be used for series production of the systems which will be deployed on the multi-turbine arrays e.g. in the Skerries and Kyle Rhea by 2016 and on other arrays beyond that.

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