Ken Salazar says he will help accelerate the development of wind projects along the Atlantic coast, vowing to use a "smart permitting process" that will decrease project approval time from seven plus years to two. The Interior Secretary is working with governors in 11 different Atlantic states to determine the most suitable spots for offshore wind farms. He said permits could start getting issued as soon as next year.
Salazar wants to push offshore wind projects forward off the Atlantic coast, much in the same way that solar projects are being pushed forward in the Southwest. Google has already pledged up to $5 billion for a network of deepwater transmission lines that would transport power from the sea to the land.
The news follows the inception of the country's first offshore wind farm, the Cape Wind project off the Massachusetts coast.
A tip of the hat to the Obama administration for putting words into action, helping expedite the shift to renewable energy. Aaaannd we're off!
Photo: Interior Secretary Salazar on a tour of Nantucket Sound earlier this year. (AP)