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Offshore wind industry slowed by birds, bombs, sharks

“It’s either the cost because of the technical challenges or the environmental issues” that’s thwarting projects, Keith Anderson, chief executive officer of Iberdrola SA’s ScottishPower Renewables unit, said. “There’s a bit of realism that unless we can deliver these projects for a lower price, then it’s unrealistic to expect to continue to get political and government support.”
20 Feb 2014

Offshore windfarms 'wild west' of renewable energy, union warns

Nautilus has dubbed the sector that operates boats for the UK's offshore windfarms the "wild west" of renewable energy. The union says basic safety rules are not being enforced, bullying and harassment are commonplace, crews lack training and are often forced to work in sea conditions beyond recommended limits. ...there is solid evidence of widespread malpractice and says Hammond's comments "smack of complacency."
14 Feb 2014

Oregon offshore wind project to bring 5 turbines to Coos Bay

A Seattle company is being given the green light to develop plans to build the West Coast's first offshore wind energy farm. The 30-megawatt pilot project was announced at a press conference by Gov. John Kitzhaber. "It's not going to be economic out of the gate," Beaudreau said. ..."We're hoping to learn from this... whether it justifies wrecking prime fishing ground, displacing people and jobs."
6 Feb 2014

Senvion suspends offshore wind blade production at subsidiary

Senvion, formerly known as REpower, has suspended production of offshore wind turbine blades at its Germany-based PowerBlades subsidiary ..."As a result of uncertainty regarding investment, the expansion of offshore wind power in Germany has not proceeded as planned. The sector has long viewed this development with serious concern," Senvion says in a statement.
5 Feb 2014

Review of Bingham wind project to resume this month

According to the draft analysis, northern long-eared bats and little brown bats are listed as state species of special concern and are being considered for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. They are among the least common bats to be killed by wind turbines, but concern has risen because of the rise of white-nose.
1 Feb 2014

CRMC report: No objections to Deepwater Wind offshore wind farm near Block Island

The report signed by CRMC executive director Grover J. Fugate and other staff members at the agency recommends the adoption of 17 stipulations that include reducing any impacts on North Atlantic right whales during construction, conducting regular reports on bird impact after the wind turbines are installed, and carrying out a study on the effects of the wind farm on recreational boating.
29 Jan 2014

Offshore wind advocates want feds to delay leasing tracts off Jersey coast

Beyond urging the federal government to delay its lease auction, the letter urges the administration and Legislature to force the BPU adopt the necessary regulations to move the process forward and select the developers who will receive ORECs. Unless that happens and federal lease process moves forward, the letter warns that New Jersey will have no say as to which developers receive leases for offshore wind farms off its coast.
28 Jan 2014

Booming German offshore wind power industry puts pressure on marine life

"There are indications from research that fish larvae can be damaged by intense sounds,” said Fabian Ritter, leader of the marine protection campaign at Whale and Dolphin Conservation in Berlin. "Seals are very sensitive to sounds and can be easily disturbed," he told DW. "There's disturbance and the risk of collision for birds, and bats, and other animals."
25 Jan 2014

MP wants law to restrict wind farm growth

The world's biggest offshore wind farm has been proposed off Navitus Bay in Dorset, a scheme that would see 218 turbines built offshore, affecting Dorset and Devon, close to the coastline deemed a World Heritage Site. Mr Chope's Private Member's Bill it is running out of parliamentary time to complete the necessary stages should it clear its second reading.
17 Jan 2014

UMaine’s offshore wind energy pilot project wins initial OK

A long-term contract, as laid out in a finalized term sheet, will now be negotiated between Maine Aqua Ventus and Central Maine Power, which is the utility within whose jurisdiction the pilot project would be generating power. The term sheet approved Tuesday calls for Maine Aqua Ventus to sell electricity to CMP for 23 cents per kilowatt hour. The PUC will review and approve the final contract.
14 Jan 2014

Fate of Atlantic City wind farm in hands of regulators

The New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel, which represents utility customers, initially opposed the project ...But the counsel agreed to support Fishermen's Energy's application in July after the company reduced its certificate price from $310 to $187, which reduces the hundreds of millions of dollars extra that electric customers would have to pay for power to fund the project.
11 Jan 2014

Judicial review of the Aviation Hazard Determinations for Cape Wind: Why the FAA got it wrong

Judicial_review_of_the_aviation_hazard_determinations_for_cape_wi_thumb This paper examines the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Town of Barnstable v. FAA which stalled development of a major offshore wind farm project. This paper argues that the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was  justified in finding the FAA’s first determination to be arbitrary and capricious, and that based upon the initial ruling, the FAA did not correct the fatal flaw in its second determination. The introduction of the paper is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
1 Jan 2014

As turbine effort secures financing, conservationists speak out

The project was technically feasible, but the energy output from the turbines — 120 to 500 megawatts — would have cost two to four times more than land-based wind, according to a NYPA news release. The NYPA said annual subsidies of between $60 million and $100 million would result in high costs to the New York Power Authority. Great Lakes Wind Truth and NA-PAW were outspoken against the GLOW project, with hundreds of residents in the town of Greece, N.Y., signing a petition against it.
22 Dec 2013

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