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Resource Documents: Offshore (26 items)


Unless indicated otherwise, documents presented here are not the product of nor are they necessarily endorsed by National Wind Watch. These resource documents are shared here to assist anyone wishing to research the issue of industrial wind power and the impacts of its development. The information should be evaluated by each reader to come to their own conclusions about the many areas of debate. • The copyrights reside with the sources indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations.

Date added:  December 2, 2023
Environment, Massachusetts, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

Potential Hydrodynamic Impacts of Offshore Wind Energy on Nantucket Shoals Regional Ecology: An Evaluation from Wind to Whales

Author:  Committee on Evaluation of Hydrodynamic Modeling and Implications for Offshore Wind Development; and Ocean Studies Board

The transition to renewable energy has spurred many efforts to scale up the U.S. portfolio of efficient clean energy resources, including the development of offshore wind farms. The Nantucket Shoals region off the coast of Massachusetts is the first large scale wind farm installation under development in U.S. waters. To ensure Nantucket Shoals region offshore wind energy installations are being planned, constructed, and developed in an environmentally responsible way, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) asked the National Academies . . .

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Date added:  November 17, 2023
New Jersey, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

Evidence that offshore wind energy vessel surveys are the cause of the recent New Jersey whale and dolphin deaths

Author:  Save LBI

The evidence that offshore wind energy vessel surveys are the cause of the recent New Jersey whale and dolphin deaths consists of the following elements, listed below and then each presented in detail in the original document. There have been recent unprecedented spikes in whale deaths The deaths began when the number of vessel surveys increased. The time and place of the whale deaths coincides with survey vessel presence. The use of an unsupported low noise source level and a . . .

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Date added:  November 17, 2023
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

Windpower and Whales

Author:  Green Oceans

Will our environmental laws ensure the protection of endangered species? Revolution Wind alone will potentially violate the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Bald and Golden Eagles Act, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, by threatening the existence of fourteen endangered species: four whale species, two turtle species, one fish species, four bird species, two eagle species, and one bat species. The Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act require agencies both to protect . . .

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Date added:  November 1, 2023
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Gone with the wind? Wind farm–induced wakes and regulatory gaps

Author:  Finserås, Eirik; et al.

Abstract – Wind farm–induced wakes can propagate dozens of kilometres, decreasing the power production and the fatigue lifetime of wind turbines between neighbouring farms. This phenomenon termed hereinafter “wind theft”, may lead to legal conflicts between wind farm operators and even States as power production from a wind farm is affected by the wake effects generated by another, reducing power output. Wind theft can substantially slow down the development of offshore wind if it is not regulated by a clear legal . . .

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