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Janice Pinto, who lives on Rodney Avenue, compares the sound to "a jet engine that won't land." "Neighbors are awakened ... I'm concerned," she said. "I think environmental government controls need to protect citizenry from noise pollution."
"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.
Firestone and his research colleagues began surveying public opinion on the Cape Wind project in 2004. He quickly learned that opposition to offshore wind farms is not a classic "not in my backyard" reaction. Instead, opposition mainly to the visual impact of turbines seen from land or from boats causes a psychological reaction known as "place attachment." Basically, it is an emotional attachment to surroundings that are familiar.
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.
The University of Delaware's new 253-foot-high wind turbine already has the City of Lewes looking toward the future. How should the city handle requests from property owners seeking to install a residential version of a wind turbine? ...Vaughan said the city has to consider the impact residential wind turbines would have on Lewes' streetscape.
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 City of Lewes might place a one-year ban on the construction of wind turbines while city council devises a policy to govern them. Mayor Jim Ford said the installation of a research turbine at the University of Delaware's (UD's) College of Earth, Ocean and Environment made apparent the need for a formal stance regarding residential, commercial and light-industrial turbines.
The government's action turns Delaware into the test case for new federal rules and regulations, said Tyler Tringas, wind energy analyst for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The contract with Delmarva Power "puts them leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the projects," Tringas said. "It makes sense for the MMS to say we're going to test this out with Bluewater," Tringas said. The ocean lease application is expected to be published in the Federal Register on Friday.
In response to concerns that area residents may start erecting their own wind turbines within city limits, officials are considering a moratorium on the installation of such structures. According to officials, the ban could last a year or more as officials attempt to adopt regulations. Mayor Jim Ford said the city's building codes do not currently contain language pertaining to wind turbines.