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Feds move to lease wind power rights off Del.

The federal government has taken the first step toward officially assigning a portion of Delaware's offshore waters to companies interested in building wind farms, including NRG Bluewater Wind. NRG wants to build an offshore wind farm, and already has a contract with Delmarva Power to buy the electricity.

The federal government has taken the first step toward officially assigning a portion of Delaware's offshore waters to companies interested in building wind farms, including NRG Bluewater Wind.

NRG wants to build an offshore wind farm, and already has a contract with Delmarva Power to buy the electricity.

Now the Department of the Interior has issued the nation's first Request for Interest for renewable energy development, asking all developers whether they have interest in the waters off of Delaware's southern coast.
So far, Bluewater is the only company to make their plans publicly known, but that is no guarantee.

The request for interest is part of a process toward establishing a wind farm that follows a framework for Outer Continental Shelf renewable energy development established last April by Interior Secretary Salazar. It includes a program to grant leases, easements, and rights-of-way for orderly, safe, and environmentally responsible development of renewable energy.

The new program, administered by Interior's Minerals Management Service, also established methods for sharing revenues generated from Outer Continental Shelf renewable energy projects with affected coastal... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The federal government has taken the first step toward officially assigning a portion of Delaware's offshore waters to companies interested in building wind farms, including NRG Bluewater Wind.

NRG wants to build an offshore wind farm, and already has a contract with Delmarva Power to buy the electricity.

Now the Department of the Interior has issued the nation's first Request for Interest for renewable energy development, asking all developers whether they have interest in the waters off of Delaware's southern coast.
So far, Bluewater is the only company to make their plans publicly known, but that is no guarantee.

The request for interest is part of a process toward establishing a wind farm that follows a framework for Outer Continental Shelf renewable energy development established last April by Interior Secretary Salazar. It includes a program to grant leases, easements, and rights-of-way for orderly, safe, and environmentally responsible development of renewable energy.

The new program, administered by Interior's Minerals Management Service, also established methods for sharing revenues generated from Outer Continental Shelf renewable energy projects with affected coastal states.

The service will use industry responses to gauge specific interest in the commercial development of wind resources off the state's shores. If there is no competitive interest, the agency may proceed with a noncompetitive lease process. If multiple firms are interested, formal bidding would result.

If Bluewater wins, the company will have a lease for an ocean tract upon which to build a wind farm.


Source: http://www.delmarvanow.com/...

APR 21 2010
http://www.windaction.org/posts/25836-feds-move-to-lease-wind-power-rights-off-del
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