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EnBW, Trident Winds JV for Offshore Wind Project in California

years: in 2015 the U.S. Department of Energy published a nationwide wind study, which contemplates 22 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy deployment by 2030 and 86 GW by 2050. The first offshore wind farm is now in operation.  At the same time, the states of Massachusetts, New York, Maryland and New Jersey have established specific targets for offshore wind development: according to targets that have already been released, up to 8 GW of offshore wind should be in operation by 2030. 

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House Set to Debate Offshore Wind Energy Bills in US Waters

enjoying fresh momentum due to a sharp drop in costs, and policies in several northeastern states that require utilities to enter into contracts for wind energy generated off their coastlines.Last month, three Massachusetts utilities were awarded the largest ever U.S. contract for offshore wind, and New Jersey’s governor signed a law that commits his state to procuring 3.5 gigawatts of offshore wind.A wind farm that generates up to 1.5 gigawatts of electricity can power roughly 1 million homes.European companies have been especially interested in U.S. offshore acreage up for lease.Mike Olsen, senior

Using a new method to distinguish fresh water from oil or salt water, scientists are exploring beneath the continental shelf off New England to look for large pockets of trapped fresh water. This water may be continually filling from groundwater flowing from land or, alternatively, may have been left behind by ice-age glaciers. (Image: Eric S. Taylor, WHOI Graphic Services)

Fresh Water below the Seafloor?

terrestrial aquifers, they could represent renewable sources of fresh water.”   A focus on New England Pools of subsea fresh water and brackish water (fresh water mixed with salt) have shown up thousands of miles from New England in places such as Tanzania and Indonesia, and as nearby as New Jersey, where an artesian freshwater spring sprang out of a borehole 60 miles offshore during scientific drilling in the 1970s.   But only in recent years have scientists begun to focus on New England. In 2009, Lizarralde and colleagues from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) began investigating

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Scientists Predict Third Largest GoM ‘Dead Zone’

area in Gulf of Mexico may affect the region’s shrimp fisheries   This summer’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – is forecasted to be approximately 8,185 square miles, or about the size of New Jersey, U.S. federal scientists predict.   NOAA said this would be the third largest dead zone recorded since monitoring began 32 years ago – the average Gulf dead zone since then has been 5,309 square miles.   The Gulf’s hypoxic or low-oxygen zones are caused by excess nutrient

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GoM Dead Zone is the Largest on Record

of Mexico “dead zone,” an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life, has grown larger than scientists had initially predicted, becoming the largest measured since dead zone mapping began in the GoM in 1985. At about 8,776 square miles, the dead zone is roughly as large as New Jersey.   The annual forecast, generated from a suite of NOAA-sponsored models, is based on nutrient runoff data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Both NOAA’s June forecast, which predicted a measured size of 8,185 square miles, and the actual size show the role of Mississippi River nutrient

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Ocean Power Technologies Establishes Houston Presence

New Jersey based Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) said it has established a presence in Houston to more effectively support the company’s oil and gas business development activities.   The company’s daily business development activities in Houston will be managed by OPT’s new Director of Global Applications, David Marchetti, who work with customers to understand their challenges and develop unique solutions which integrate the OPT PowerBuoy to support customer subsea remote offshore operations from concept through deployment and beyond.   OPT’s PB3 PowerBuoy

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Did Dispersants Help Responders Breathe Easier at Deepwater Horizon?

damage caused by oil spills. All potential positive and negative effects of dispersant injection need to be taken into account before decision-makers can reasonably judge their future use.   This study represents a collaborative effort of four far-flung research groups in Switzerland, Texas, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. It required a combination of knowledge in distinct fields: chemistry, physics, marine science, and computer programming. It comprised a seven-year commitment to incremental problem-solving and trans-Atlantic email debates. For us, the payoff is to answer finally an important

In an earlier NOAA-funded project, derelict fishing gear and other large marine debris were removed from remote Alaskan shorelines by the Gulf of Alaska Keeper. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Backs Marine Debris Removal/Research

from Euclid Beach Park on the shores of Lake Erie. They will also be conducting at least 10 volunteer beach cleanups each year of the project and creating an educational display to help the public understand the effects of plastic pollution in Lake Erie.   Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, Inc. ($149,260) will survey, map and remove derelict crab pots in New Jersey’s southern coastal bays, building off of the success and lessons learned from a previously-funded NOAA Marine Debris Program grant.   The Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Suffolk County

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New York Noise: A Risk for Endangered Whales

of the survey. "There are these magnificent creatures just off the coast, in less distance than most New Yorkers commute every day," said his colleague, Woods Hole senior scientist Mark Baumgartner. Ship strikes are a leading cause of death for whales around the Port of New York and New Jersey, the nation's third-busiest, but researchers are also concerned about the effects of manmade noise there. "Whales use sound - it's one of their most important senses," Baumgartner said. "There is a lot of conversation that goes on before mating, not unlike humans." He

Fugro Wins Work at US Offshore Wind Sites

;rsted to undertake geotechnical investigations at two large-scale offshore wind development sites in the U.S.   Ørsted is pursuing the development of the two new projects: Bay State Wind, located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. and Ocean Wind, 10 miles off the New Jersey coast – to bring wind energy to American consumers and businesses.   The marine site characterization at both sites involves specialized sampling and in situ testing which Fugro will perform from its DP2 geotechnical drillship, Fugro Explorer. For laboratory testing and reporting services

U.S. leader: Fred Olsen Windcarrier’s Bold Tern (multiple) and crew transport vessel. Photo: courtesy Fred Olsen Windcarrier

Wind Energy: The Good News in Offshore

its 6th lease sale, part of a commitment to 2.4 gigawatts of installed offshore wind energy hoped for by 2030. The first is Deepwater Wind’s South Fork, although Statoil now also has rights to areas acreage. Ship owners would be wise to get to know the unfamiliar company names winning leases in New Jersey (offering over 345,000 acres), North Carolina (429,000 acres), Rhode Island (Deepwater Wind) or Maryland, where U.S. Wind Inc. plans a 248 MW project for 2020 and Skipjack Offshore Energy LLC’s a 120 MW windfarm due 2022.    North Carolina in 2017 qualified nine companies to bid

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Plan Introduced to Drive US Offshore Wind Energy

development.   Today’s strategy builds on DOE and DOI’s first joint offshore wind strategy, published in 2011. Since then, the Energy Department has allocated nearly $200 million to support three cutting-edge offshore wind demonstration projects led by the University of Maine, New Jersey’s Fishermen’s Energy, and Ohio’s Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, and research and development investments in technologies that specifically address the opportunities and challenges across U.S. waters. Additionally, since 2010, the Department of the Interior has issued

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US Senators from 12 States Seek Offshore Drilling Exemptions like Florida's

;I am not aware of any political favor that that would have been part of," spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.   "Just like Florida, our states are unique with vibrant coastal economies," wrote the 22 senators, who include Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Kamala Harris of California. "Providing all of our states with the same exemption from dangerous offshore oil and gas drilling would ensure that vital industries from tourism to recreation to fishing are not needlessly placed in harm’s way," they wrote.   Interior Department

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New York at Risk of Flooding Every Two Decades -Study

Horton, in particular after Hurricane Matthew ravaged the southeastern United States over the weekend.   "The inundations from hurricanes will affect where we live, it will affect how we work, it will cause problems with the ecosystem," said Horton, a professor of sea level research at New Jersey-based Rutgers University.   "It's very bleak."   The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences aimed to measure how frequently floods like those produced by Hurricane Sandy in the U.S. states of New York and New Jersey could occur until 2100

New Task Force for California Offshore Renewables

. This potential is about 1.5 times the total electricity consumption of the state, based on 2014 statistics.   To date, BOEM has awarded 11 commercial offshore wind leases, including nine through the competitive lease sale process (two offshore Maryland, two offshore Massachusetts, two offshore New Jersey, two in an area offshore Rhode Island-Massachusetts, and one offshore Virginia ). These lease sales have generated approximately $16 million in winning bids for more than a million acres in federal waters

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New Members Join NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Advisory Panel

of Alaska, Juneau, Alaska Julie Thomas, senior advisor, Southern California, Coastal Ocean Observing System, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, Calif.   Two members of the panel were reappointed: Ed Kelly, executive director, Maritime Association of the Port of New York/New Jersey, New York, N.Y. Capt. Sal Rassello, director, nautical operations, Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami, Fla.   They joined the panel’s 10 current members in February.   The panel is seeking five new members for a four-year term that starts January 1, 2019 and runs through 2022

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US Interior Secretary Sees Little Demand for New Offshore Drilling

in the Gulf of Mexico, held in March, showed "modest to little" interest from drillers, and he added the likelihood for strong demand elsewhere is small."If you don't have the infrastructure, it's more expensive," Zinke said at an offshore wind power conference in Princeton, New Jersey, responding to a question about the possibility of drilling off the East Coast.Zinke also noted the strong political opposition to drilling, and said governors have significant leverage in controlling their waters.California, which has not allowed drilling off its coast since the 1980s, has said

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