U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was behind schedule. Renewable energy had been one of President Obama’s top priorities when he came into office nearly two years earlier. Solar arrays and wind farms on land were progressing, but the horse that could really win the race — offshore wind energy — hadn’t gotten out of the gate.
The problem wasn’t the wind – there was enough off the East Coast to power the entire nation many times over. And it wasn’t the technology — Europeans had been harnessing strong, steady offshore winds for years.
Rather, it was a complex regulatory environment that included both state and federal agencies.