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Wind Power News: Delaware


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

July 23, 2022 • DelawarePrint storyE-mail story

U.S. Wind rep tells Bethany officials about local benefits of wind power

At last Friday’s Bethany Beach Town Council meeting, local officials and 12 residents asked the age-old question “What’s in it for me?” While wind-energy projects offshore of Ocean City, Md. – including the U.S. Wind MarWin project – are now in final federal review to power 80,000 homes in Maryland, it’s the Bethany Beach area in Delaware that will carry the electrical load for its neighbor. According to BOEM testimony and a presentation requested by Bethany Beach Mayor Rosemary Hardiman, U.S. Wind . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2022 • Delaware, New Jersey, New York, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farms could reduce Atlantic City’s surfclam fishery revenue up to 25%, Rutgers study suggests

New research from Rutgers University shows Mid-Atlantic surfclam fisheries could see revenue losses from planned offshore wind farms, at least in the short- to medium-term after the development takes place. The data is sure to fuel opposition from the fishing industry to the Biden administration’s rapid offshore wind development along the New York, New Jersey, and Delaware coasts. President Joe Biden has a goal of generating 30 gigawatts of wind energy by 2030 as part of his effort to tackle . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2022 • Delaware, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Viewpoint: Offshore wind won’t reduce CO2 emissions

I continued my ongoing analysis of electric generation in the PJM regional grid where Delaware is a participant. I wanted to share the results of how much wind and solar power was generated in the region from 2019 to 2021. From 2019 to 2021, wind and solar power generation increased by 30% but had no impact on carbon dioxide emissions (CO2).PJM is the largest regional grid in the country, serving 65 million people in thirteen mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states generating . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2022 • DelawarePrint storyE-mail story

US Wind eyes Delaware locations for bringing submarine powerlines ashore

It appears increasingly likely that underwater powerlines from Maryland offshore wind projects will come ashore in Delaware. Both the US Wind and Øersted’s Skipjack projects are moving in the direction of moving electricity generated from wind turbines 19 miles offshore to a grid connection in Delaware. Indian River Bay is a likely location with US Wind studying a Bay location, according to a filing with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Ørsted is also eying Indian River Bay after . . . Complete story »

March 11, 2022 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Fenwick council requests 30-mile exclusion for turbines

The Fenwick Island Town Council on Friday, March 4, approved a resolution requesting that a federal agency that issues licenses for offshore wind farms require that wind turbines be placed at least 30 miles from the shoreline. The council made the move following a presentation by Council Member Paul Breger, who chairs the Town’s Environmental Committee. The resolution supports federal adoption of a 30-mile “exclusion zone” for offshore wind turbines for the entire state of Delaware. Breger cited precedents set . . . Complete story »

March 11, 2022 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Fenwick seeks exclusion zone for offshore wind projects

FENWICK ISLAND – Fenwick officials are calling on federal agencies to adopt an exclusion zone for offshore wind projects. Last Friday, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution asking federal agencies to update visualizations and radar studies to reflect the larger turbines being proposed for projects off the coast of Delaware and to move offshore wind lease areas at least 30 miles offshore. “If these turbines were out of sight of our tourist population I think . . . Complete story »

February 7, 2022 • DelawarePrint storyE-mail story

Delaware has little authority over planned wind farms, but looking for some say.

Delaware will have a say in where and how wind power comes ashore from two planned offshore farms in the next few years but it has little influence over their siting or size despite opposition from some coastal communities, the state’s top environmental official said. Shawn Garvin, Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, said officials remain involved in discussions over where cables from two new wind farms near the Delaware shore will make landfall and be . . . Complete story »

December 24, 2021 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind reps, Ocean City fisherman still far apart

Offshore wind energy continues to press ahead, and while those companies that intend to erect scores of turbines off the Ocean City coast continue to work on strengthening their ties within the maritime community, chasms remain between their interests and those of commercial and recreational fishermen. Last week, representatives from US Wind – Director of External Affairs Nancy Sopko, Director of Marine Affairs Ben Cooper and Fisheries Liaison Ron Larsen – briefed the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council on their progress in the . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2021 • Delaware, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Reader weighs in on proposed wind farm

Having read yet more articles regarding the proposed wind farm off the coast of Delaware (Coastal Point and Delaware Today), I am still at a loss to understand the justification for the current proposal. I am sure I am not the only Delawarean in such a position. First and foremost, I fail to understand why DNREC would sign a MOU for this project without first allowing for public input. Taking such action is a clear abuse of the trust placed . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2021 • DelawarePrint storyE-mail story

Renewable energy bill passed

DELAWARE – According to local legislators, a renewable energy bill that passed last week is still causing concerns. In the renewable energy bill, legislators say it aims to focus on ways to produce cleaner less carbonated air. According to electric power experts, with fossil fuel energy, more carbon goes into the air which pollutes the environment. With renewable energy, the air is essentially “carbon free.” However, some legislators say, they have concerns about the bill and they believe this would . . . Complete story »

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