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Moratorium extended on wind turbines in Lewes

The City Council voted unanimously to extend the moratorium's expiration date from Oct. 18 to March 2011. Mayor Jim Ford said the six-month extension was designed to give the city time to hold a public hearing on the matter and carefully craft the language of a new zoning ordinance for small wind energy systems.
29 Sep 2010

Experts to answer wind turbine questions at Q & A Thursday, Aug. 12

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.
31 Jul 2010

Bluewater: Despite delays, project to move forward

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.
21 Jul 2010

Delaware energy: Bluewater faces competition for lease from secretive firm

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.
9 Jul 2010

NRG Says BP spill may slow permitting process for offshore wind-power farm

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.
30 Jun 2010

Rehoboth's wind farm faces delays; Construction could be delayed

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.
29 Jun 2010

Delaware wind farm: Bluewater deadline extended

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.
24 Jun 2010

Moratorium imposed on wind turbines

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.
19 May 2010

Feds move to lease wind power rights off Del.

The federal government has taken the first step toward officially assigning a portion of Delaware's offshore waters to companies interested in building wind farms, including NRG Bluewater Wind. NRG wants to build an offshore wind farm, and already has a contract with Delmarva Power to buy the electricity.
21 Apr 2010

State's future includes idled wind and solar projects

Gov. Markell seems intent on saving our state's economy on the twin pillars of gambling and renewable energy. The former is the lesser of two evils, for I may chose not to personally support casinos, but I'm doomed to higher energy costs if mandates for solar and wind are extended. Turning backwards to renewable energy is equivalent to a revival of the horse and buggy industry.
21 Mar 2010

Wind-turbine project loses a big player

DelaWind has withdrawn its application for a $350,000 investment from the state economic development office, as well as an application for tax credits from the U.S. Department of Energy, O'Brien said in a written statement. ...The uncertainty of when the turbines would be built affected the ability to attract financing, Carney said.
22 Dec 2009
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