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    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It won’t be long before the offshore wind is powering homes in Maryland, but with so few examples of completed wind farms in the United States, it’s hard to fully imagine what a completed project will look like.  That’s why Ørsted, a Danish power company, and the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies in Linthicum Heights teamed up to create the Mid-Atlantic’s first offshore wind farm simulator, bringing these massive projects to life.  READ MORE: Law Enforcement Officials To Step Up DUI Operations Over Fourth Of July Weekend“This is a brand-new industry here in the United States, said Brady Walker, Ørsted’s Head of Government Relations for Maryland and Delaware, “There is not a commercial scale wind farm in operation here right now. “  That will soon change, as companies like Ørsted continue to develop projects in our own backyard. Skipjack Wind, off the coast of Delaware and Maryland, will generate enough clean renewable energy to power about 300,000 homes and businesses on the Delmarva peninsula.  “For Maryland’s first offshore wind farm – a really impactful commercial...
    Share this: The developers of an offshore wind farm and three environmental organizations announced Monday that they have reached an agreement to further protect rare North Atlantic right whales during construction and operation of the energy-generating project. The agreement involving Orsted and Eversource — developers of South Fork Wind off the coast of New England and New York — was signed by the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Conservation Law Foundation, the groups said in a joint statement. The agreement promotes the development of sustainable energy while protecting wildlife, said Alison Chase, a senior policy analyst at the NRDC.
    In this article HOL.N-CH GE IBE-ES SGRE-ES A wind turbine at the Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm, in the Irish Sea. With governments around the world attempting to ramp up their renewable energy capacity, the number of wind turbines worldwide only looks set to grow, which will in turn increase pressure on the sector to find sustainable solutions to the disposal of blades.Ashley Cooper | Corbis Documentary | Getty ImagesA major offshore wind farm being built in waters off the Netherlands is set to use recyclable blades from Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy — the latest in a line of companies attempting to tackle an issue that's proved to be a challenge for the wind energy sector. In a statement Thursday, Swedish energy firm Vattenfall said some of the wind turbines at the 1.5 gigawatt Hollandse Kust Zuid facility would use Siemens Gamesa's RecycableBlades. These blades, Vattenfall said, use "a resin type that dissolves in a low-temperature, mildly acidic solution." That, it explained, enables the resin to be separated from other components within the blade — carbon fiber, wood, fiberglass, metal...
    (CBS4)– The dry, windy and warm conditions are being called an “extreme drought” in Colorado. It’s been difficult for those who make their living off the land. (credit: CBS) It is a most unwelcome combination for farmers: dust and wind. The conditions at the Three Leaf Farm in Lafayette are being felt all around eastern Colorado. “Underneath my fabric is broccoli, lettuce and cabbages,” said Jax Martinelli. Martinelli is a farm manager. The cloth is to protect his crop, but the wind has been tearing it apart. The lack of water has made irrigation more frequent and costly. There’s less for the cattle to eat. It’s also made hay more expensive. That’s to feed the horses. Jessi Leonard, the barn manager says, “The wind has been a big factor so normally all summer long our horses will wear fly masks to protect them from flies going into their eyes and they’ve been wearing them all spring because of the wind blowing into their faces.” (credit: CBS) The wind has blown away seed and topsoil. It may not yet resemble the...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As Virginia-based Dominion Energy seeks to build what it calls the country’s largest offshore wind farm in the Atlantic Ocean, the company and its supporters have touted the economic development opportunities expected to accompany the 176-turbine project. But state regulators, who are currently considering whether to grant approval for the massive project, say the economic picture might not be so rosy. In testimony filed earlier this month, regulators said that in claiming the wind farm will create jobs and tax growth, the company relied on a “stale” study that didn’t account for the impact of its Virginia electric utility ratepayers bearing the cost of the nearly $10 billion project. The State Corporation Commission’s own analysis found the project was expected to come with an economic cost — including 1,100 lost jobs in the first five rate-years of the project — that might negate any “speculative” benefits. “Any economic benefits that are likely to arise will do so as a result of new investment in industries in Hampton Roads and Virginia that support offshore wind facility development....
    A Seattle-based wind energy developer submitted a proposal this week to develop the largest offshore wind farm on the West Coast, seeking to take advantage of a technology for floating turbines that has not yet found a home in the United States. The company, Trident Winds, outlined its plan in an unsolicited request filed late last month to the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management. The project, known as Olympic Wind, would involve the construction of Washington state’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, to be located roughly 43 miles off the coast of the Olympic Peninsula, Trident said. Under the proposed plan, construction could begin on the project as early as 2028. If approved, the project would provide up to 2,000 megawatts of clean energy to roughly 800,000 homes, providing the largest source of wind power on the West Coast, according to company CEO Alla Weinstein. DAILY ON ENERGY: OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS FOR US MINING IN EUROPE Floating technologies would be transformative for the offshore wind power sector in the West. Until now,...
    SOLANO COUNTY (CBS13) — Firefighters got an uncommon call on Wednesday: a fire at a windmill. The Montezuma Fire Protection District – along with the Suisun Fire Protection District and River Delta Fire District – responded to the Montezuma Hills yesterday afternoon and found a windmill on fire. READ MORE: 2 Friends Missing Since Sunday Found Dead In Vehicle Submerged In Stanislaus River Near Ripon Scene of the windmill fire. (Credit: Montezuma Fire Protection District) Units quickly put out some spot fires in the vegetation around the structure, but the windmill continued to burn. READ MORE: Flaw In The System? Early Release Of Sacramento Shooting Suspect Raises More QuestionsWith the windmill not spinning, firefighters tried to call for an air drop – but no helicopter units were available. The flames were eventually contained, but the extent of the damage is unclear. MORE NEWS: 1-On-1 With Police Chief Kathy Lester On Questions Surrounding Sacramento ShootingExactly what started the fire is under investigation.
    By Anna Maria Basquez BURLINGTON, Colo. (CBS4) – A large grass fire officials say likely was started by farm equipment, is still burning after three hours with four different fire companies from two states fighting it. “We’ve been on this for more than three hours,” said Kit Carson County Sheriff Travis Belden. “It’s not common to have a fire of this magnitude out here. We normally don’t have wind like this. We’re usually able to shut it down quickly. It was able to travel pretty fast with the wind. We don’t have a lot of green crop in this area. All of it’s like old crops from last year, dry grass so there’s a lot of fuel for it right now.” About 30-40 fire personnel are fighting the fire from Burlington Fire, Cheyenne County Fire, and Wallace County Fire and Kanorado Fire, both out of Kansas, he said. Wheat stubble and cornfield from last year make up most of the burn zone in all farmland area, he said. The fire was 60% contained as of three hours into...
    The office of the Virginia Attorney General has told state regulators that Dominion Energy has overstated the economic benefits of a proposed offshore wind farm. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a new analysis filed Friday warns of “significant risks” to customers from the costly project. The State Corporation Commission is considering Richmond-based Dominion’s plans for the approximately $9.8 billion, 180-turbine wind farm off the coast of Virginia Beach. Hearings in the case are scheduled for May. A Dominion spokesperson told the newspaper offshore wind is good for energy security and the Virginia economy and environment. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    An artist rendering of the future South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, transformed into a major hub for wind turbine construction.Artist rendering courtesy Equinor New York City is moving to become one of the largest port facilities for offshore wind farm parts in the United States. Mayor Eric Adams announced on Thursday that the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal will be retrofitted to handle very large and specific offshore wind turbine construction parts. The Empire Wind 1 project and Beacon Wind offshore wind farm projects, both of which will be located in the Atlantic Ocean off of Long Island, will source materials from the newly upgraded terminal.A map showing the location of future wind turbines, the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind projects.Map courtesy EquinorThe New York City Economic Development Corporation is partnering with Equinor, a wind-developer company, for the build-out. Equinor said it will spend between $200 and $250 million in infrastructure upgrades to retrofit the port hub. The development of the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal is part of a 15-year plan announced in the fall of 2021 to make New York City a major...
    EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A big step was taken in the development of wind energy in New York. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that Friday is groundbreaking for the state’s first offshore wind farm project. READ MORE: President Biden To Release Billions Of Frozen Afghan Funds For 9/11 Victims, Humanitarian AidIt’s happening off Long Island. Hochul says it’s the future of energy. READ MORE: VP Kamala Harris Highlights Success Of Newark's Lead Pipe Replacement Project“This one project will generate enough clean, renewable energy to power 70,000 homes every single year and eliminate up to six million tons of carbon emission over the next 25 years,” Hochul said. The project will include 12 offshore wind turbines 35 miles east of Montauk Point. It’s expected to begin operations at the end of next year. MORE NEWS: Unvaccinated New York City Employees Rally Against Vaccine Mandate Deadline, Thousands Expected To Lose JobsHochul says New York just finalized contracts for two more offshore wind farms.
    Construction will soon begin on the second commercial-scale, offshore wind energy project to gain approval in the United States, the developers said. The U.S. Department of the Interior approved it in November, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued its approval letter for the constructions and operations plan Tuesday, a major step in the federal process before construction can start. Orsted, a Danish energy company, is developing the South Fork Wind project with utility Eversource off the coasts of New York and Rhode Island. They now expect the work onshore to begin by early February and offshore next year for as many as 12 turbines. President Joe Biden has set a goal to install 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030, generating enough electricity to power more than 10 million homes. In November, work began on the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the United States, the Vineyard Wind 1 project off the coast of Massachusetts. Those developments, along with last week’s announcement that the Biden administration will hold its first offshore wind auction next...
    (CNN)Federal officials are green-lighting plans for a wind farm off the Rhode Island coast as the Biden administration aims to grow renewable energy capacity.The Wednesday approval out of the Interior and Commerce Departments brings the South Fork wind farm closer to providing enough power for 70,000 homes to Long Island, New York, along an underwater cable. Officials said the developers are still on the hook for other documents including a design report. The project will be smaller than originally conceived -- 12 rather than 15 turbines -- and has been adjusted to avoid "high value fishing areas" and shipping lanes. The Arctic Ocean began warming decades earlier than previously thought, new research showsNot approving the offshore wind farm, officials reasoned, would lead energy developers to construct new power generation in the area that "might be fueled by natural gas, oil, or coal, which would emit more air pollutants and produce greater impacts on air quality in the region in comparison."Officials said the decision includes measures to "avoid, minimize, and mitigate potential impacts," and those requirements were developed in consultation with...
    The Biden administration approved an offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island on Wednesday as part of a plan to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced it approved the construction and operations of the South Fork Wind project, the department’s second approval of a commercial-scale, offshore wind energy project in the United States. Last week, the department marked the groundbreaking off the coast of Massachusetts for the first commercial-scale offshore wind project. Seven major offshore wind farms would be developed on the east and west coasts of the U.S. and in the Gulf of Mexico under a plan announced last month by the Biden administration to build infrastructure, create jobs and address global warming. Deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy would generate enough electricity to power more than 10 million homes. The South Fork Wind project will be located about 19 miles (30 kilometers) southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island, and 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Montauk Point, New York. It’s expected to provide roughly 130...
    In this article ENI-IT EQNR-NO RDSA-GB mcKensa | iStock | Getty ImagesShell said Wednesday it had signed a deal to purchase power from a development dubbed "the world's largest offshore wind farm." The 15-year power purchase agreement relates to 240 megawatts from Dogger Bank C, the third and final phase of the 3.6 gigawatt Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which will be located in waters off the coast of northeast England. The agreement builds upon a previous deal to purchase 480 MW from Dogger Bank A and B, meaning that its combined offtake will amount to 720 MW. On Wednesday, Dogger Bank Wind Farm announced it had also agreed 15-year power purchase agreements for Dogger Bank C with Centrica Energy Marketing & Trading, SSE Energy Supply Limited and Danske Commodities. "The commercial power agreements provide a route to sell the green energy generated by the third phase of the wind farm into the GB electricity market when it enters commercial operation," it said. Dogger Bank A and B represents a joint venture between Equinor, SSE Renewables and Eni, with the...
    In this article AMZNSean Hannon | iStock | Getty ImagesA 50-megawatt onshore wind farm in Scotland is now operational, and tech giant Amazon will purchase all of its output. According to ScottishPower — which is part of the Iberdrola Group — the Beinn an Tuirc 3 facility has 14 turbines and is able to produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of nearly 46,000 homes. In a statement issued Thursday, ScottishPower said Amazon would purchase "100% of the power output from this windfarm, and the energy generated will power Amazon and Amazon Web Services … data centres, corporate offices, and fulfilment centres across the UK." The above arrangement is a power purchase agreement, or PPA. In simple terms, a PPA refers to a deal where an energy producer sells power to a business at a fixed price over a set period of time. ScottishPower said Beinn an Tuirc 3, which is located on the Kintyre peninsular in western Scotland, had been constructed without needing a government support scheme. PPAs, the company said, provided corporate customers with "certainty" as well as...
    SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — German renewable energy company WPD will build a 500 million-euro ($580 million) wind farm in the northeastern part of North Macedonia, the small Balkan country’s said Tuesday. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said the planned 415 megawatt project is the largest German investment in the country and the biggest in the field of green energy since North Macedonia declared independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991. Zaev said 69 new wind turbines will be installed between the towns of Kumanovo and Kriva Palanka. The wind farm will supply electricity to 290,000 households once completed. North Macedonia’s government plans to secure about 1,500 megawatts from solar power plants and about 700 megawatts in wind power. WPD operates in 28 countries around the world. ___ Follow all AP stories about climate change issues at https://apnews.com/hub/climate-change. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Scaling back wind farm hurts climate efforts Re. “Wind farm redo to power 47,000 homes,” Page A1, Sept. 25: While I am a member of the Audubon Society, I find the scale down of the proposed project by a factor of three versus the loss of raptors totally unbalanced. As deplorable as the loss is, eventually raptors will learn to avoid these blades. Animals do adapt: Deer have learned to avoid hunters by laying still, a technique that would be disastrous with mountain lions. Renewable energy is the lifeline for our future. We should research ultrasound sound emission so raptors stay away, or look into suitable decoys. Should the problems persist, additional breeding programs could take care of the loss. Some 2 billion songbirds in the U.S. alone are killed by house cats each year, without any action there. If we don’t get the energy and climate problem under control, raptors will, unfortunately, become an afterthought. Armand Neukermans Portola Valley The A’s do deserve better …...
    VoltaliaA French company specializing in renewable energy is building a wind farm in the state of Bahia, Brazil, where the Lears Macau, an endangered parrot lives. As a world conferenceUICN In Marseille, the LPO joins its US counterpart from the alliance Bird Life International, American Bird Conservation, Requesting the correction of the plan and the restoration of already destroyed habitats. Aras de Lear © Don Lebin Forty years ago, less than 100 Lear Meccas in the world lived in the wild. This blue parrot is only considered a unique species in northeastern BrazilAra Hayasinde Since 1978. Thanks to the important security efforts made at the local level by Brazilian organizations Biodiversity Foundation, This blue parrot native to northeastern Brazil is home to nearly 2,000 individuals today. But this population is so weak that it is threatened by poaching and the destruction of its natural habitat. The landscape around the canyon © Don Lebin The CANUDOS wind farm project was carried out on site by a French company Voltalia Reveals them as an addition Risk of...
    In this article RWE-DE EQNR-NO RDSA-GB If built, the project would be located in waters off the coast of Ulsan, South Korea.Insung Jeon | Moment | Getty ImagesA joint venture centered around the development of a massive floating offshore wind farm in waters off South Korea has been formally established. Oil and gas major Shell has an 80% stake in the JV, which is called MunmuBaram, with the remaining 20% held by CoensHexicon. The latter is itself a joint venture between South Korea-headquartered COENS and Swedish firm Hexicon. In a statement earlier this week Shell said the project was in what it described as "a feasibility assessment stage." If built, the 1.4 gigawatt wind farm would be situated between 65 and 80 kilometers off Ulsan, a coastal city and industrial hub in the south east of the country. Water depths for the proposed facility, which would be developed in phases, range between 120 and 160 meters. It would be expected to produce as much as 4.65 terawatt hours of energy annually, powering over 1 million households.Read more about clean...
    A HOMELESS man who lives on a tiny boat survived for three days on dried pasta after being blown out to sea. James Cooper, 54, feared he was going to die as his 22ft fibreglass tub floated past a giant wind farm six miles from shore. 4James Cooper, 54, feared he was going to die as his 22ft fibreglass tub floated past a giant wind farm six miles from shoreCredit: Louis Wood Seawater knocked out his mobile and swamped his gas cooker, forcing the ex-British Rail worker to eat dry pasta. Drifting in the North Sea by the Gunfleet Sands wind farm, he managed to attract help last weekend by waving his yellow paddle above his head. James had been living on the Shetland sailing boat at the village of Point Clear near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. However, he was warned by locals that yobs had been setting fire to driftwood on the beach and it was too dangerous for him to sleep there. He said: “I decided I would move around the coast to another more secluded beach. “It was only...
    NANTUCKET (CBS/AP) — A federal lawsuit is aiming to stop the construction of thousands of wind turbines off the Massachusetts coast. The “ACK Residents Against Turbines” who filed the lawsuit said the proposed Vineyard Wind project poses a threat to the critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. READ MORE: Its Been A Bad Dream: Officer Manny Familias Widow Recounts His Tragic Death In Video Promoting New Foundation “The whales belong to all of us and with fewer than 400, of which there are fewer than 100 breeding females left, each one is worth protecting. The people of Nantucket have a long history with these whales and we have done so much recently to protect this species,” said group co-founder Mary Chalke in a statement. “It would be a tragedy to see all of them lost in order to build an industrial offshore development.” The project is set to be the first utility-scale wind power development in federal waters. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which are named in the suit, declined to...
    BOSTON (AP) — A group of Nantucket residents filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to block the construction of dozens of wind turbines off the coast of the famous Massachusetts island resort and nearby Martha’s Vineyard. ACK Residents Against Turbines say Vineyard Wind’s proposed project 14 miles (22 kilometers) south of the island poses a risk to the endangered Northern Atlantic right whale. Mary Chalke, an island resident and member of the group, said the lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and other federal agencies isn’t just about Vineyard Wind, but the consequences of greenlighting other turbine projects also in the pipeline. “We all want renewable energy,” she said after the group filed the suit in Boston federal court. “This represents the transformation and industrialization of a pristine natural environment. “ BOEM and other federal agencies have determined that the wind project will have minimal impact on the species. But Vallorie Oliver, an island resident and member of the group, argues federal officials haven’t provided adequate research to back up their claims in more that two years...
    More On: china China bans karaoke with ‘illegal content’ — including the song ‘Fart’ Russia, China hold large-scale joint military drills Wandering elephant herd may be heading home after yearlong China trek Zoo brawl catches people acting like total animals Texas lawmakers are blocking a Chinese billionaire from setting up a wind farm near a US army base over fears it could be used to hack into the state’s power grid, according to reports. Sun Guangxin, 59, spent five years buying up 140,000 acres of land in southwest Texas’ Val Verde, so he could build the Blue Hills Wind Farm. The cost of the land, which is close to the Laughlin Air Force Base, is estimated to be about $110 million, Forbes reports.  Under Sun’s plan, the farm could have fed into Texas’ independently run electricity grid: The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). His efforts, however, ignited a political firestorm after it emerged that Sun — who has a net worth of $2.1 billion — had links to the Chinese Communist Party. Sun Guangxin’s farm could have...
    A Chinese billionaire who has spent the last five years buying up 140,000 acres of rural Texas has been thwarted in his plan to build a massive wind farm, amid fears that it could be used by Beijing to hack into the Texas grid. Some Texas politicians even raised fears that the land, near Laughlin air force base, could house spy systems interfering with the military installations. On June 7, Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, signed the Lone Star Infrastructure Protection Act - a bill which prevents business entities from 'hostile nations' from accessing the Texas grid and other pieces of 'critical infrastructure'.  Texas, unlike almost every other state, has its own electric grid, rather than relying on the national network - in February the grid went down amid unusually heavy snowstorms. The bill determined that China, Russia, Iran and North Korea were all 'hostile nations'. Sun Guangxin, 59, the Chinese tycoon who bought the land, said through a spokesman that he intends to lease the land to other companies, so they can operate the wind farm.  Sun Guangxin,...
    SPARROWS POINT, Md. (WJZ) — Steel production is one step closer to returning to Sparrows Point in Baltimore County. A long-term lease agreement between US Wind and Tradepoint Atlantic, which owns the former Bethlehem Steel property, was signed Tuesday. READ MORE: Southwest Baltimore Man Sentenced For Distributing Child Pornography While On Probation For Sex Offense US Wind is in the process of building Maryland’s first major offshore wind farm off the coast of Ocean City, known as the MarWin project. Currently, materials for the 22 wind turbines are made in Europe. Pending approvals and permitting, turbines for future projects, including US Wind’s Momentum Wind project off the Maryland coast, will be made at Sparrows Point, representing the return of steel jobs on the southeast Baltimore County site. “It’s very emotional,” said Jim Strong, a representative from United Steelworkers. “To bring the steelworkers back to Sparrows Point is huge. We’ve always viewed this area as sacred ground.” READ MORE: Officer Dead, Suspect Killed In Violence Outside Pentagon Once home to the world’s largest steel plant, the last steel mill closed...
    LONG BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Offshore wind power is coming to New York for the first time, and it would be the largest wind farm in the nation to date. As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reports, a video simulation of what’s called the Empire Wind Project, off Long Island and New Jersey, shows what it will look like from shore. READ MORE: Got An Ant Problem? Expert Explains Reasons For Recent Surge And Offers Prevention Tips A video simulation of what’s called the Empire Wind Project, off Long Island and New Jersey, shows what it will look like from shore. (Credit: Equinor) Winds of change off Long Island, where offshore wind turbines will one day bring clean energy. To visualize the nation’s first large scale offshore wind farm, with its 174 turbines, the developer created a simulation from Jones Beach, which has some relieved they’re further offshore than first proposed. “I actually don’t think that it would be so bad,” one person said. “You have the cargo ships out there. I’d rather look at wind turbines than the cargo ships.” “I’m...
    OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Just 13 miles off the coast of Ocean City sits a little yellow buoy with a big mission. It’s a big milestone for the very first wind farm project that’s set to be built just off the coast of Maryland. READ MORE: UMMS Donates $4.6M Worth Of COVID-19 Equipment & Supplies To Southeast Asia This project has been a long time in the making, starting out back in 2015, but the buoy means Maryland is one step closer to a greener future. “This buoy is jam-packed with instruments we’re measuring everything from bats and birds to fish and the waves and the wind.” Its job is to help the US Wind study the water around it as they get ready to build the new marine wind farm, and its deployment last week was a big moment for the project that’s been in planning for the last six years. “It really marks a really substantial step forward in the development of this project which will be the biggest clean energy project in all of Maryland.” READ...
    MORROW BAY, Calif. -- California and the U.S. government announced an agreement Tuesday to open up areas off the state's central and northern coasts to the first commercial wind energy farms on the Pacific Coast.The pact that would float hundreds of turbines off the coast of Morro Bay and Humboldt Bay was touted as a breakthrough to eventually power 1.6 million homes and help the state and federal government reach ambitious climate change goals through clean energy production."California, as we all know, has a world class offshore wind resource, and it can play a major role in helping to accelerate California's and the nation's transition to clean energy," National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy said.The plan includes floating 380 windmills across a nearly 400-square-mile (1,035-square-kilometer) expanse of sea 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Morro Bay. The site could be finalized next month and could be put up for lease next year.The announcement is part of President Joe Biden's plan to create 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.The new projects - if approved and built - would provide a...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California and the U.S. government announced an agreement Tuesday to open up areas off the state’s central and northern coasts to the first commercial wind energy farms on the Pacific Coast. The pact that would float hundreds of turbines off the coast of Morro Bay and Humboldt Bay was touted as a breakthrough to eventually power 1.6 million homes and help the state and federal government reach ambitious climate change goals through clean energy production. READ MORE: ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’: First Responders Stress Life Jacket Use Along Area Waterways As Memorial Day Approaches “California, as we all know, has a world-class offshore wind resource, and it can play a major role in helping to accelerate California’s and the nation’s transition to clean energy,” National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy said. The plan includes floating 380 windmills across a nearly 400-square-mile (1,035-square-kilometer) expanse of sea 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Morro Bay. The site could be finalized next month and could be put up for lease next year. The announcement is part of President Joe Biden’s...
    Tali Aiona | EyeEm | Getty Images The Biden Administration said Tuesday that it will develop offshore wind projects in the Pacific Ocean in partnership with the state of California. The move, which is the first of its kind, is a key stepping stone toward the White House's goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030. The earmarked area encompasses around 399 square miles off California's central coast. This area is projected to support 3 GW of offshore wind. Another potential location is off the northern coast of California. In total, the administration is targeting 4.6 GW of clean energy added to the grid through these projects, which is enough to power about 1.6 million homes. The announcement follows years of discussion between the Departments of the Interior and Defense as a viable location was scouted. "Developing offshore wind to produce clean, renewable energy could be a game changer to achieving California's clean energy goals and addressing climate change – all while bolstering the economy and creating new jobs," Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement. In addition...
    New York (CNN Business)A brand-new industry is launching in America — and its fate is inextricably linked to the success or failure of President Joe Biden's ambitious climate agenda.The federal government this week gave the green light to Vineyard Wind, the nation's first commercial scale offshore wind farm. Although onshore wind is a growing part of the nation's power grid, offshore wind is just getting off the ground. Located 15 miles off the southern coast of Martha's Vineyard, the massive project aims to power more than 400,000 Massachusetts homes and businesses, slash carbon emissions and create thousands of jobs. Solar panels are key to Bidens energy plan. But the global supply chain may rely on forced labor from ChinaThe stakes couldn't be higher. America's power system needs a serious makeover in order to meet President Biden's emissions goals. Dirty coal must be replaced by much more solar and wind — including a series of offshore wind farms that begin with Vineyard Wind. And if the 84-turbine project flops, it will give ammunition to critics who argue offshore wind is...
    In this article IBE-ESThis image shows one of the wind turbines at the Block Island Wind Farm, located in waters off Rhode Island.Don Emmert | AFP | Getty ImagesThe U.S. offshore wind sector took a major step forward Tuesday after authorities gave the green light for the construction and operation of the 800 megawatt (MW) Vineyard Wind 1 project. In a statement, the U.S. Department of the Interior described the development, which will be located in waters off the coast of Massachusetts, as "the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States." The Vineyard Wind project, it said, was expected to generate 3,600 jobs and "provide enough power for 400,000 homes and businesses." The DOI added that a Record of Decision had granted Vineyard Wind "final federal approval to install 84 or fewer turbines off Massachusetts as part of an 800-megawatt offshore wind energy facility." According to the Vineyard Wind team, the facility will use GE Renewable Energy's huge Haliade-X turbines, which will mean only 62 will actually be required. Vineyard Wind is a 50-50 joint venture...
    While offshore wind has become a favored European energy solution, this will be the first "large-scale" project in U.S. coastal waters. Only months into the new Biden administration, the United States is on track to get its first large-scale offshore wind farm. On Tuesday Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo gave approval for the Vineyard Wind project, a new wind farm 12 nautical miles from Martha's Vineyard. Up to 84 turbines spaced no closer than 1 nautical mile apart will power up to 400,000 New England homes. This news is generally being met with approval by environmental groups, though commercial fishing businesses still oppose this and other offshore wind farms. The reason approval had not previously been given under the Trump administration, however, likely has more to do with Donald Trump's frequently announced contempt for wind power in general and offshore wind farms in particular. Trump had previously engaged in a years-long feud to halt construction of a wind farm offshore from what would become his money-losing Scottish golf resort, claiming that the view of wind turbines would...
    BOSTON (CBS) – President Joe Biden’s administration announced Tuesday that it has given final approval for the Vineyard Wind project that would be the first major offshore wind farm in United States waters. The 800-megawatt energy project will be located about 12 nautical miles off of Martha’s Vineyard and 12 nautical miles off Nantucket. READ MORE: Uber, Lyft To Give Free Rides To Vaccination Sites According to the Biden administration, the Vineyard Wind project will create 3,600 jobs and provide enough power for 400,000 homes and businesses. READ MORE: You Can Now Get A Text Reminder About Your Upcoming Court Date The project will put 62 turbines one nautical miles apart. Work is expected to begin next year with the first energy produced hitting the New England power grid in 2023. MORE NEWS: Towels For $4? Bed Bath & Beyond Launches Low-Price Brand To Compete With Amazon, Target “A clean energy future is within our grasp in the United States. The approval of this project is an important step toward advancing the Administration’s goals to create good-paying union jobs while...
    SAN ANGELO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A San Angelo man pleaded guilty yesterday to his role in a $550,000 embezzlement scheme, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Prerak Shah. Arturo Salazar III, 41, a former site manager for a Vestas-American Wind Technologies wind farm, pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of unauthorized transactions with access devices. READ MORE: Allen ISD Announces District Wont Offer Virtual Learning For 2021-22 School Year According to court documents, Salazar admitted that he teamed up with Keith Krier, a conspirator, to create a sham business, BT Machine, with the sole purpose of creating fraudulent invoices. From 2016 to 2019, while Salazar worked as a site manager for Vestas Wind, the conspirators presented hundreds of bogus invoices for services that BT Machine purportedly provided to Vestas. Following payment of the invoices, Salazar and the other individual would then split the money. READ MORE: Suspected North Texas Bank Robber Arrested In Dallas Following DMV Finger Print Match Salazar also used Vestas company credit cards to make unauthorized purchases totaling approximately $80,000. These personal purchases included...
    An electric provider in Iowa has announced plans to build a solar farm. The Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) plans on building the facility near Coggon, which is in Linn County, according to local CBS affiliate KCCI in Des Moines. The solar farm is expected to begin operating in 2022 and will create 350 construction jobs at its peak, according to KCCI. It’s expected to add 100 more megawatts of power to CIPCO members. Bill Cherrier, CEO of CIPCO, told the news outlet that across the United States, operators are making additions in solar and wind power. "We're seeing wind and solar being some of the largest additions in capacity for utilities across the united states right now, so CIPCO is not going this alone,” he said. “We see a lot of the other utilities in Iowa going in the same direction.” He added that CIPCO is investigating “heavily” into renewables because, “We believe it's great for the environment, but we're doing it on a cost-effective basis.” The deal comes after CIPCO began constructing a solar...
    BOSTON (CBS) – In the world of wind, there are gentle breezes and full-fledged gales. A project developing south of Martha’s Vineyard is the latter. After years upon years of exploring and attempting to tap New England’s potent offshore wind, Vineyard Wind is one federal permit away from building the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the United States. Lars Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind, calls our offshore region, “the Saudi Arabia of offshore wind” because of the extremely consistent nature of the wind here. Not just big storms that we’re famous for, but everyday wind without many quiet seasons. His company is poised to become the first to harness some of that power. READ MORE: Taste Of The Town: KYU Miami Remains Wynwood Hotspot With Asian-Inspired Cuisine Vineyard Wind project (WBZ-TV) The project is set to be constructed 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, which contrasts with the failed Cape Wind proposal which was sited in Nantucket Sound between Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. A major point of contention with Cape Wind was from homeowners against having turbines...
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