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Offshore Wind Could Bring In $1.7B to U.S. Treasury by 2022

demand, reduce energy costs, increase competition, and ultimately generate thousands of jobs and billions in investment.  Based on existing activities and policy assumptions for future offshore wind development, two million acres of federal waters in the New York Bight, which includes parts of New Jersey, as well as California and the Carolinas, could be auctioned for commercial leases as early as this year as well as in 2021. Such leasing could support 28 GW of offshore wind development and generate $1.2 billion in U.S. Treasury revenue. Other auctions for lease areas in the Gulf of Maine

 The JALBTCX team standing with COL. Thomas Asbery, Former District Commander, New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (far right), in front of their aircraft, at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, New York.  Credit:  USACE.

Army Corps' Data Driven to Improve Coastal Projects

room on Long Island, New York, a team of experts are processing data and information on computers. Alongside them is a large display monitor screen that's projecting the information."It's a beautiful thing. On the screen they are able to observe the condition of New York's and New Jersey's coastlines almost in real-time," said Jeffrey Cusano, Geospatial Coordinator, New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.The team is the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise.  Recently, Cusano and other members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Installs Wind LiDAR in New Jersey

A wind LiDAR (light detection and ranging) instrument has been installed alongside the causeway leading to Rutgers University Marine Field Station in Tuckerton, New Jersey.The fully autonomous sensor platform, owned and operated by Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, will provide observations of wind profiles up to several hundred feet in a location directly on the land/sea boundary.Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Shell and EDF, installed the LiDAR in collaboration with the Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) and the Rutgers University Marine Field

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Ocean Power Technologies Launches Hybrid PowerBuoy

data feeds to form a detailed surface and subsea view.OPT recently put the first hybrid PowerBuoy through an initial sea trial that included several tow configurations, roll and pitch stability measurements, Stirling Engine and solar power source operation and integration, and other tests in coastal New Jersey waters. The company says that the buoy "met or exceeded stringent engineering requirements."“We believe that the hybrid PowerBuoy is a remarkable power and communications platform – an easily deployable, clean offshore energy source and an excellent complement to OPT&rsquo

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Freight Planning… What About Offshore Wind…?

its comments to USDOT, New York State officials do not mention OSW development and ports. Likewise, there’s no reference to wind energy port requirements from the Capital District Transportation Committee (Albany), a region supposedly under consideration for wind-port development. Ditto for New Jersey officials, who are similarly planning imminent investments in OSW port facilities.For a freight system and freight activities, OSW demands singular attention. OSW ports require large tracts of land. Manufacturing, assembly and storage logistics will require access, maybe new or upgraded access

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Arctic Rays Chooses ESNE as Sales Rep

Arctic Rays LLC has announced Electronic Sales of New England (ESNE) as the company’s North East sales representative.  The territory for ESNE on behalf of Arctic Rays includes the New England states, plus New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.Mark Warren is the principal force at ESNE. His experience with technical products used in the deep ocean environment drives the decision-making strategies essential to successful product sales. 

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Protecting Ports from Sea Level Rise

Ike caused storm surge damage to Galveston in 2008 and a feasibility study is underway by the Army Corps of Engineers, with an Ike Dike concept design being advanced by Texas A&M University.  Similar concepts for a hurricane surge protection barrier are being progressed for the New York-New Jersey Harbor in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with the most feasible barrier connecting Long Island to Sandy Hook.  Common to the existing and proposed storm surge barriers are three main elements: dike; tidal flow gates and navigation gates.  The dike and tidal flow gates are existing traditional

AOT is working to develop a new port, specifically configured to serve Atlantic Ocean wind projects, on 30 acres along the Arthur Kill tidal strait between Staten Island and New Jersey. 
Boone Davis, President & CEO, Atlantic Offshore Terminals

Offshore Wind: Decisions Needed Sooner, not Later

are counting on offshore wind to turn ports into centers of economic activity, at a big scale, something like a new GM plant in Detroit in the 1950s.  Critically, though, there aren’t going to be 25 such economic engine ports on the east coast.  More realistically, the New York–New Jersey Bight will likely have one central OFW port.There are a number of reasons for this.  An OFW port requires vast space, unrestricted overhead clearance, and heavy, weight-bearing infrastructure.  It needs deep drafts for berthing and maneuvering.  There aren’t many of these locations

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Atlantic Shores Launches Ocean Survey Ops

Wind, a 50/50 partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America, announced the launch of ocean survey operations today within the Atlantic Shores lease area, in order to inform future turbine development.Survey operations encompass 183,000 acres located 8-20 miles off the New Jersey coast between Barnegat Light and Sea Isle City and are expected to conclude by the end of October, weather permitting.The survey vessel Geosea will be utilized to characterize the seabed, collect samples and determine placement of data collection buoys, which will be deployed later this year to

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