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Because the Centrica turbines off the coast of Skegness are made in Denmark, workers from the region are being flown in daily to work on them. The demand has meant that Scandinavian Airlines will begin a six day a week service between Copenhagen and Humberside Airport in October.
Mark Rodgers, a spokesman for EMI, tells me the firm didn't bid on the offshore leases because its team is completely focused on securing financing for Cape Wind by the end of 2013. The company has made some progress this year in that regard, but it still has a ways to go for a project that will likely exceed $2 billion in cost. Rodgers says EMI will strongly consider other offshore wind areas that could be the subject of future lease auctions.
The Providence company emerged from the nation's first competitive sale of offshore renewable energy leases on Wednesday as the provisional winner, with bids of $3.7 million for the north section of the area, which is believed to be more suitable for development, and $94,000 for the south section.
I do not think that the Narragansett Town Council will permit Deepwater Wind to funnel electricity from its Block Island wind farm through Narragansett. ...With a new town council in place, President James Callaghan stated publicly: "When you think about it, this is not the best for the town when it goes through our most precious resource."
It seems that each time the US gets close to having its first offshore wind farm, the project gets scuttled. Even a tiny, 25 megawatt (MW) wind farm planned off the coast of Atlantic City has been rejected by New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities.
"The OSAMP [Ocean Special Area Management Plan] Subcommittee's [a CRMC subcommittee] vote to deny Intervenor status to the Plaintiffs in this contested case was a violation of the APA [Administrative Procedures Act], and beyond its legal authority, because ... Plaintiffs met the standard for intervention, and at the time of the vote CRMC was acting on incomplete and defective applications, and pursuant to a defective Public Notice."
BPU commissioners expressed questions about the financial integrity of the project. They particularly opposed a provision in the settlement to saddle ratepayers with another $19.2 million in costs, above and beyond what they will pay for the electricity produced by the wind farm, if the projected federal incentives fall short of expectations.
A British diver was killed while performing underwater work at the 108 MW Riffgat offshore wind farm, located north of Borkum in the North Sea. The 26-year-old was buried in 20-meter water depth by a concrete mat, Die Welt reports.
The government has refused to put in place a target of decarbonising power generation by 2030, and is opposing European Union plans for an exacting 2030 goal on renewable energy. Renewable energy investors argue that both measures are needed to secure long-term certainty for the fledgling offshore industry.
"Given the risk and uncertainty created by LD 1472, Statoil is therefore preparing to put the Hywind Maine Project on hold, while we continue to assess the changes made to the law, the total risk picture and progress plan going forward. We will keep the option open to re-initiate project activity if a [power purchase agreement] can be concluded according to the term sheet, and the total risk picture in Maine is acceptable," the company wrote in its letter to the PUC.
The offshore wind developer has said publicly it will use New Bedford's South Terminal to stage its materials and equipment provided the port facility is completed within its 19-month timetable. In order to use the new facility, Cape Wind would need to revise its construction plan with the federal Bureau of Offshore Energy Management, something it has not yet done.
Part of the idea was to link wind farms planned from Boston to Virginia so each could offset dips in power generation by the others and make the power supply more reliable. ...At the time, NRG Energy still planned a wind farm off of Delaware and interest in a similar outpost off of Ocean City, Md., was growing. Since then, however, NRG Energy has shelved its Delaware plan and progress in Maryland has dcragged on slowly.
Google plans to corner the wind energy market in New Jersey. It's a first-of-its kind venture that could cost Google and its partners $1.3 billion, but one Google believes fits its core mission: You can make money without doing evil.
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.
The federal government will hold the first lease sale for commercial offshore wind energy projects at the end of July, the Interior Department announced on Tuesday. ...In 2010, federal officials approved the fiercely contested offshore wind farm known as Cape Wind after nine years of battles with Massachusetts residents.
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.
Those who have fought to preserve and enhance habitat in the marshes and woodlots near the lake for waterfowl, migratory birds, and bald eagles oppose the presence of wind turbines in the environmentally sensitive area and want a protected corridor established there.
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.
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.
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