A member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reiterated Tuesday that FERC’s Order 1000, which becomes effective October 10, 2011 in the face of considerable opposition from certain elements of the electricity utilities sector, will give regional grid operators the means to improve system reliability and will also stimulate much needed investment in transmission lines.
U.S. offshore areas hold enormous potential for wind energy development near the nation’s highest areas of electricity demand – coastal metropolitan centers, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said today.
“More than three-fourths of the nation’s electricity demand comes from coastal states and the wind potential off the coasts of the lower 48 states actually exceeds our entire U.S. electricity demand,” Salazar said
“Along the Atlantic Coast, for example, the seismic data we have is twenty-five years old,” Salazar said. “How should we gather the information we currently lack about our offshore oil and gas resources? How do we manage the costs of gathering seismic data? Are there areas on the OCS that should be of priority for information collection?”