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Offshore wind energy is not a new prospect to Delaware.
Members of the public spoke for and against renewable offshore wind Monday night at a workshop in Odessa. The input will guide officials as they look into offshore wind and how it might affect the First State.
Two months ago, Maryland regulators signed off on the state’s first two offshore wind farms.
Following a hearing Monday, a Chancery Court judge ruled Tuesday that Lechliter had not shown he would suffer irreparable harm if the road is built. The judge said the chancery case remains on hold pending a ruling on defense motions to dismiss a similar federal lawsuit filed by Lechliter.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says Abound Solar is responsible for thousands of "unsellable" solar panels containing cadmium in warehouses. Barrels of toxic liquid also were found.
Recent articles about UD's wind turbine outage omit important essential facts and implications related to credibility, public safety, and liability.
Ohrel said it is not yet known exactly what repairs might be needed, when they would be completed or when the unit could be restarted. ...he did not know if the wind turbine is equipped with a system capable of suppressing damage caused by lightning strikes.
Lechliter alleges the university obtained permits for the turbine "based on backroom negotiations with DNREC and the City (Lewes) and its public misrepresentations that the wind turbine would cause no intrusive noise and not result in diminution of property values."
The 2008 power purchase agreement, was considered an essential ingredient in building a wind farm off the coast of Delaware. Tuesday was the final day under the contract for Bluewater to exercise an escape clause without forfeiting a $4 million security deposit.
A two-week scramble ended without a buyer for Bluewater Wind, and as promised, NRG Energy terminated its landmark offshore wind power contract with Delmarva Power.
A two-week scramble ended without a buyer for Bluewater Wind, and as promised, NRG Energy terminated its landmark offshore wind power contract with Delmarva Power on Tuesday.
NRG reported two weeks ago its intention to terminate the contract if a buyer does not come forward because of problems gaining financing for the project, with long-term government subsidies uncertain. NRG originally reported the deadline was Dec. 23, but last week NRG spokesman David Gaier said Delmarva clarified that the deadline for giving notice of termination was Dec. 27.
When the recession hit, Firestone said, people began to conserve more energy and therefore the value of the renewable energy credits fell. Bluewater could no longer bank on selling renewable energy credits to other power companies for a set price. The price fell and so did the number of credits a power company was required to carry, he said.
Like most big, bold ideas, the Atlantic Wind Connection is risky, and this week's Bluewater announcement can hardly be a good portent. AWC - which is a transmission line, not a power-generation project - won't go forward without an offshore wind boom along the Atlantic Coast.
When the public rallied behind the Bluewater Wind offshore project four years ago, the drama played out against a backdrop of economic prosperity, high -- and rising -- electricity prices, and no reason to doubt a federal commitment to the price subsidies underpinning the pioneering idea. But today, with almost all of that changed, Bluewater's owner, NRG Energy, faced the new normal.
Bluewater President Peter Mandelstam said on Monday he holds out hope that a buyer for the offshore wind division would step forward before Dec. 23, the date by which NRG must inform Delmarva if it wishes to end the contract.
New Jersey-based NRG Energy, however, said in a statement Monday that the outlook for offshore wind has changed dramatically over the last two years. The company cited two decisions by Congress that could significantly affect financing for any offshore wind project. Not one has yet been built in the United States.
A group representing Delaware's municipal electric utilities has signed a long-term deal for land-based wind energy. Patrick McCullar, the group's president and CEO, said the deal will buffer the utilities against what he called the increasingly unlikely chances the Bluewater Wind project will be built anytime soon.
By June 23 the developer needed to pay Delmarva $4 million or walk away from the contract. Delmarva granted Bluewater a three-month extension this summer, giving the firm until next week to pay $2.75 million and January 2013 to pay $1.25 million. Under the extension agreed to this week, Bluewater will have until Dec. 31 to pay the entire $4 million.
Delmarva spokeswoman Bridget Shelton said the utility has discussed the upcoming deadline with NRG, but "details of these discussions are confidential." Bluewater is working with a three-month extension, granted by Delmarva from its June 23 deadline to pay all $4 million.