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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.

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 »

January 8, 2021 • DelawarePrint storyE-mail story

Association of Coastal Towns talks wind farm, beach replenishment and more

DELAWARE- Coastal towns had a lot of things happen this past year, mayors from Lewes down to Fenwick Island addressed some issues and topics from a COVID stricken year. The coast saw everything from the Skipjack wind farm proposal, and also there was an oil spill along the coast, but definitely one of those bigger topics was that wind farm project. a majority of the meeting today spent talking about a letter sent in December to a number of law . . . Complete story »

November 9, 2020 • Delaware, Maryland, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Orsted announces Skipjack Wind Farm project will be delayed again

OCEAN CITY, Md. – The completion of one of two proposed wind farms off the coast of Ocean City has been delayed for the second time this year, according to the company in charge of the project. The completion of the Skipjack Wind Farm, which is being built by Ørsted, is facing another delay, according to comments by Ørsted CEO Henrik Poulsen last week. “Assuming the permitting process starts moving within the first quarter of next year, it appears highly likely . . . Complete story »

August 22, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Larger offshore wind turbines approved off Ocean City. Here’s what you need to know.

OCEAN CITY, Md. – After more than a year of debate between Ocean City and Ørsted, the state of Maryland ruled the offshore wind developer can use larger wind turbines for the Skipjack Wind Farm Project. The Maryland Public Service Commission, who’s charged with regulating the Skipjack project, ruled Thursday evening on a number of issues surrounding the Ørsted project, to be located more than 20 miles off the coast of Ocean City. The decision by the commission stems from Ørsted’s . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Maryland regulators OK change to jumbo wind turbines for Skipjack project

Ørsted announced that the Maryland Public Service Commission’s the Skipjack Wind Farm’s use of GE Haliade-X 12 megawatt wind turbines. The wind farm is slated to be located off the Maryland and Delaware coasts off Fenwick Island and Ocean City. The turbine is the most powerful in the world and is as tall as a 55-story building. GE claims the wind turbines produce electricity at a lower cost than competitors. “Ørsted is pleased that the Maryland Public Service Commission approved . . . Complete story »

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