Articles filed under Offshore Wind

Legislators seek offshore wind power restrictions

Reps. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, and Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin, co-sponsored House Bill No. 4778 this week. The bill would prevent Michigan from entering into a lease or deed for the siting, placement or construction of a wind turbine on Michigan's unpatented or submerged lands. The legislation also would prevent leasing similar lands for an electric transmission line - a critical component for offshore wind projects in the Great Lakes.
6 Jun 2013

US to Auction Wind Energy Leases off RI, Mass.

The Department of Interior and its Bureau of Ocean Energy Management first announced plans for the auction in November but did not set a date. They said at the time the federal government would also auction a lease off the coast of Virginia, though plans have not yet been announced for that sale.
4 Jun 2013

Atlantic Array shaved down to 240 turbines

The developers behind the proposed Atlantic Array offshore wind farm have announced they are reducing the total number of turbines for a second time. ...RWE nPower Renewables announced the reduction yesterday in a bid to reduce the visual effects from the turbines and potential underwater disturbance from piling noise during the wind farm's construction.
21 Mar 2013

N.J. legislators hope to extend wind incentives

New Jersey is hoping to lure an offshore wind manufacturer to the state to help jump-start a green industry, but a lucrative incentive aimed at attracting the business is no longer available. ...to qualify, a company had to make its decision by the end of 2012. With a Chinese manufacturer offering to build a facility ...the bill is likely to move forward before the new fiscal year begins in June.
19 Mar 2013

At $200M, Fishermen's Energy pilot wind farm still too pricey for rate counsel

Stefanie Brand, director of the division, yesterday said the pilot project nearly three miles off Atlantic City, is still opposed by her office. "It's just too expensive,'' she said. ...The projected costs also have raised alarm among business groups, which have consistently pressed the Christie administration to find ways to lower energy bills in New Jersey
15 Mar 2013

Smooth sailing for offshore wind?

A flood of unexpectedly cheap natural gas could put a damper on offshore winds' fresh enthusiasm. Electric utilities may find it cheaper and easier to enjoy cheap gas while they can and put off more costly investments in alternatives, at least in the near term. "There's some truth that the decline in gas prices has changed people's perception about the urgency of renewables."
4 Mar 2013

Why the US still doesn't have a single offshore wind turbine

Higher construction and transmission costs make electricity from offshore over twice the price of onshore in the US, he says, a tough pill for state regulators and utility operators to swallow, especially given the low cost of natural gas made possible by fracking. Today renewables startups rely heavily on private investment to get off the ground, but the industry needs better financial backing from the feds.
1 Mar 2013

Windmills at sea can break like matches

Medium-sized waves can break wind turbines at sea like matches. These waves occur even in small storms, which are quite common in the Norwegian Sea. ..."Current models are the best we have, but the estimates are too rough and erroneous. The theories are applied far outside of their area of validity. This means that we cannot calculate the fatigue adequately."
26 Feb 2013

O'Malley's wind bill passes in House

Gov. Martin O'Malley's Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 passed in the House of Delegates by a 86-48 vote on Friday, much to the chagrin of some Eastern Shore delegation members. The bill proposes to build an offshore wind energy facility at least 10 miles off the coast of Ocean City.
23 Feb 2013

Maryland's governor tells state Senate panel offshore wind bill would create hundreds of jobs

Jeff Zellmer of the Maryland Retailers Association told committee members the measure would cost jobs, not create them. The bill would limit rate increases for residential customers to $1.50 a month and businesses to 1.5 percent. However, Zellmer said supermarkets operate on a 2 percent profit margin and electricity is the second-largest cost for grocery chains.
14 Feb 2013

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