Articles filed under Offshore Wind

Offshore wind development still faces hurdles

"[Duke Energy] has been committed to supporting research and study of wind energy generation, and we continue to believe there is good wind off the North Carolina coast, but we also recognize that any development in wind off the coast of the state has to make sense for our customers, the coastal communities and the company as a whole."
24 Jan 2013

PUC approves $120M offshore wind project

The Maine Public Utility Commission today approved the terms of a project proposal by Norwegian energy giant Statoil to build a $120 million deepwater wind turbine demonstration project in the Gulf of Maine. Commission members voted 2-1 in favor of the proposal, but placed several conditions on their approval that Statoil must meet.
24 Jan 2013

Offshore wind energy project faces critical vote

Statoil submitted a proposal last year to the PUC that included the rate of 29 cents per kilowatt hour, roughly double what Maine household customers now pay for energy and delivery. In its new proposal, Statoil trims the rate to 27 cents/kwh. That's still well above market rates and would total $186 million over the life of the 20-year contract.
23 Jan 2013

Despite positive signs, future of N.J. wind energy remains uncertain

"I think wind energy is a good thing but they have to be very careful about ratepayer subsidy," said Stefanie Brand, executive director for the Rate Counsel, essentially the state's watchdog. "Unless we are going to get a greater benefit than it costs us, money wise and environmental benefit, we can't ask ratepayers to subsidize it." Fishermen's Energy, whose website says it will begin construction this year, is still trying to convince the BPU about those benefits.
20 Jan 2013

Co-sponsors ensure passage of wind energy bill

The bill has yet to be introduced, but his administration announced that it would include a provision for residential customers to be charged no more than $1.50 a month on their electric bills to subsidize the costly process of building a 200 megawatt wind farm off the coast of Ocean City.
19 Jan 2013

Breaking new ground on grid rules

Among the "firsts" being attempted by the Atlantic Wind Connection,the venture seeking to build an electric transmission line from southern Virginia to northern New Jersey, is negotiating the regulatory system. The problem is that the cable, which would be buried under the seabed, is what grid officials call a "multidriver project," or a project that is undertaken for more than one reason.
15 Jan 2013

O'Malley readies new offshore wind bid

Under the governor's bill, the state would require Maryland's electricity suppliers to furnish up to 2.5 percent of their power from offshore turbines by 2017. And it offers a subsidy to encourage the construction of enough turbines off the coast to generate 1 percent of the state's energy needs, by guaranteeing developers a fixed price for the power they produce.
13 Jan 2013

Wind farm firm to file suit

A company planning to build an offshore wind turbine development near Kingston plans to sue the federal government for nearly half a billion dollars over a provincial moratorium on such projects. In court documents filed in mid-October, Windstream Energy indicated it intends to sue the Canadian government for what the company says are violations of the North America Free Trade Agreement.
8 Dec 2012

Outlook for offshore wind: dark and stormy

Still, the numbers indicate that such electricity would not be competitive in America. According to Navigant, operation and maintenance - separate from the cost of building the machines - costs about 39 euros, or about $50, per megawatt-hour. That is almost as high as the average wholesale price of a megawatt-hour in New York State - $59 last year.
4 Dec 2012

SSE beats Fluor in £300m wind farm legal fight

The case centres on work carried out on 52 of the 140 turbines, with Fluor claiming there was a design change which amounted to a change in specification, meaning it should be paid for the resulting costs. ...SSE expects Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds will continue to pursue its claim against Fluor regarding the structural integrity of the 52 disputed turbines.
20 Nov 2012

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