Seaports Magazine - Fall 2013 - (Page 18)

»FEATURE HARNESSING WIND POWER Offshore wind presents a largely untapped resource for enterprising ports with the right mix of facilities, location and determination By Lori Musser W ith a rush of interest, ports are exploring a budding wind-energy industry that may help diversify revenue bases and boost balance sheets. Certainly not a panacea for all ports, the varying aspects of wind-power businesses may provide niche opportunities for a broad range of seaports. There are three distinct opportunities: on-port wind farm operations, servicing offshore wind installations, and project cargo throughput for the development of nearby or distant wind-energy projects. The dockside handling of wind turbines at the Port of Longview. 18 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE As the business of wind energy is still in its infancy in the western hemisphere, there will be a steep learning curve for manufacturers, developers, government oversight agencies, ports and logistics partners, and that curve presents some concerns. But, equipped with salient information, more and more ports throughout the Americas may soon profit from this movement. Project Cargo Throughput Wind energy provides import, export and domestic project cargo opportunities. Throughput ports are popping up on each coast, already handling components for on-shore wind farms. They are selected for their overall supply-chain efficiency, perhaps being located near a manufacturer or a wind farm hub, or en route to important wind corridors. For many ports, the business is temporary, but it is also nascent. The Worldwatch Institute said that half-year statistics for the U.S. indicate a surge in renewable energy markets, led by wind. The American Wind Energy Association predicts U.S. wind capacity will be boosted by 45 percent this year. Due to the scale of wind-energy components, ports must often make infrastructure

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Fall 2013

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
LNG Poised for Dramatic Growth
Harnessing Wind Power
XXII Latin American Ports Congress Welcomes the World
Energy Policies Taking Hold
Environmental Certifications Offer Tangible Benefits
A Good Neighbor
AAPA to Honor 26 Ports for Communications at 102nd Convention
New Rules for Marine Engines Reduce Port Emissions
Marine-Based Renewable Energy Creating Opportunities on a Global Scale
Curb Energy Costs to Boost Profits, Maintain Competitiveness
Considerations When Evaluating Alternative Power Sources from an Air Perspective
Halifax to Implement Shore Power for 2014 Cruise Season
Aruba Creates Port-Funded Mangrove Reforestation Project
Arica: Meeting the Challenges Presented by Innovation and the Environment
FPL to Build Next Generation Energy Center at Port Everglades
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Fall 2013