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Are Delawareans foolish enough to elect John Carney to Congress knowing he supports a financial "loser" like wind turbine manufacturing and use in Delaware?
"It's somehow less beautiful when it's right in my backyard," said Janice Pinto, who lives nearby. For Pinto, the noise from the turbine can sometimes be a problem and suggestions that she just shut the windows and turn on the air conditioning just don't cut it.
The towering wind turbine at the University of Delaware's Lewes campus will be the topic at a community meeting tonight designed to answer questions from the community about the structure and the university's plans.
Delmarva Power and NRG Bluewater Wind are asking the Delaware Public Service Commission to extend the Dec. 1, 2014, deadline for Bluewater to begin operating the wind farm to Dec. 1, 2016.
The massive blades on the University of Delaware’s Lewes wind turbine seem to generate new questions every time they turn. In response: the university is holding a question-and-answer session next month, when its wind-power experts will answer questions about the turbine and its purpose. College of Earth, Ocean and Environment Dean Nancy Targett will moderate the event.
Earlier this month, Collin O'Mara, Delaware natural resources secretary, wrote a letter to EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin, citing a 1990 law requiring the EPA to delegate air quality reviews to state agencies if the projects are within 25 miles of the coast.
Bonnie Smith, spokeswoman for the Environmental Protection Agency's Philadelphia office, said Bluewater must get a tower construction permit because the ship that will erect the tower will attach to the sea floor. That requirement is part of the National Energy Policy Act of 2005, which amended the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.
Even before the Gulf spill, [NRG-Bluewater president Peter] Mandelstam was worried it would take more than seven years to get permits for the offshore wind farm. Now, he's concerned Interior's focus on oil and gas, and the restructuring of the department, will cause further delays.
According to bureau rules, the presence of two companies seeking to lease the same ocean blocks triggers a review. If Occidental is found to be a credible bidder, the bureau would open a time-consuming competitive auction process, which could signal a further delay for the Bluewater project.
They're seeking the right to build on some of the same spots in the ocean, although Occidental's project would be smaller, based on its request. Little is publicly known about Occidental. The company was one of five developers to file a bid in 2008 for state funding to build a wind farm off the coast of New Jersey. But it was one of two rejected for that funding by that state's Board of Public Utilities.
NRG-Bluewater Wind, which plans a wind farm off Rehoboth Beach, already has a lease for the location of its met tower. But because environmental permits are proving difficult to navigate, construction of the tower might have to wait until next year, the company's president said.
NRG Energy Inc. said its wind-power project off the coast of Delaware may take three times longer than planned to get approved after BP Plc's Gulf of Mexico oil spill spurred a reorganization of federal offshore regulation. The power producer still plans to get a permit for its $1 billion farm, which already has a contract to sell its 200 megawatts of output to a utility.
Bluewater Wind and Delmarva Power have agreed to extend a key project deadline because of a permit delay related to the breakup of the Minerals Management Service (MMS). Under its original 2008 contract with Delmarva Power, NRG Energy's Bluewater Wind had until Wednesday, June 23, to pull out of the deal without paying a $6 million penalty.
Delmarva Power has granted NRG Bluewater Wind an extension of a crucial deadline, as the renewable-energy developer works through federal uncertainty that could delay construction of the wind farm planned off Rehoboth Beach. Bluewater has planned to erect a meteorological tower at the site this autumn.
An expected trend derived from the recent unveiling of a wind turbine at the University of Delaware has City Council drafting new regulations into its code. A moratorium has been imposed on the issuance of any permits or licenses for wind turbines.
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.
Gov. Markell seems intent on saving our state's economy on the twin pillars of gambling and renewable energy. The former is the lesser of two evils, for I may chose not to personally support casinos, but I'm doomed to higher energy costs if mandates for solar and wind are extended. Turning backwards to renewable energy is equivalent to a revival of the horse and buggy industry.
DelaWind has withdrawn its application for a $350,000 investment from the state economic development office, as well as an application for tax credits from the U.S. Department of Energy, O'Brien said in a written statement. ...The uncertainty of when the turbines would be built affected the ability to attract financing, Carney said.
NRG Energy officials are counting on Congress to reauthorize a loan guarantee program that the firm says is "crucial" to the success of a planned wind farm off Rehoboth Beach. Right now, the planned wind farm doesn't qualify for the program because it only covers projects set to start construction by Sept. 30, 2011. And that's a year or more before the construction on the Delaware project would start. Without the federal loan guarantees, NRG would need to pay higher interest rates on any borrowing, which could cut into the project's profitability.
It was dinnertime at the League of Women Voters' retreat in Rehoboth Beach on Oct. 31 when Lisa Pertzoff learned that NRG Energy might buy Bluewater Wind. Pertzoff told the league's president, who interrupted dinner with the announcement. "There was a stunned silence," Pertzoff said, then "there were some rueful chuckles."