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EnBW, Trident Winds JV for Offshore Wind Project in California

more dynamic in recent 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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US Announces $18.5 Mln for Offshore Wind Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that $18.5 million has been made available for offshore wind research and development (R&D).The DOE selected the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to administer an $18.5 million cooperative innovation hub that will bring together industry, academia, government and other stakeholders to advance offshore wind plant technologies, develop innovative methods for wind resource and site characterization, and develop advanced technology solutions for installation, operation, maintenance and supply chain.The overall goal

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Schlumberger Wins in US Supreme Court on Patent Damages

concern that extending patent damages beyond national borders would expose U.S. high-technology firms to greater patent-related risks abroad.The ruling initially sent ION's shares into a tailspin, diving as much as 20 percent at one point and triggering a 5-minute trading halt in the shares on the New York Stock Exchange. ION shares steadily recovered the loss, however, and are little changed on the day.Schlumberger shares, meanwhile, are up 4 percent, but most of that gain occurred before the ruling was released and on the heels of a modest oil output increase agreement that was reached by OPEC earlier

The 180-foot RV Lake Guardian is the largest research vessel in the EPA fleet and the largest research vessel operating on the Great Lakes. It has a berthing capacity of 41 people, including 14 crew members and 27 visiting scientists. (Photo: EPA)

EPA Launches Research Vessel to Monitor Lake Ontario

binational initiative to gather critical information about the chemical and biological conditions of Lake Ontario in an effort to better protect and restore the lake and its watershed.The Cooperative Science Monitoring Initiative involves U.S. and Canadian federal agencies that are partnering with New York State and the Province of Ontario, as well as academic, environmental and ecological organizations working under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement aimed at improving the waters of the Great Lakes and issuing a Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) for each Great Lake on a five-year cycle

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Statoil Name Change Expected in May

AGM to approve the proposal to change the company’s name to Equinor ASA.Subject to the AGM’s approval of the name change and subsequent implementation, the new ticker “EQNR” is also excpected to be implemented for the company’s American Deposit Rights (ADRs) traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The exact date of change of ticker on NYSE will be announced separately, however implementation of the new ticker on NYSE will take place on May 17, 2018 at the earliest

New Hires Boost RCG US Team

The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG), has announced the appointment of several new hires in its New York office to support the accelerating offshore wind market in the United States and renewable energy projects worldwide. The experienced personnel include AJ Negrelli, Emily Kuhn, and Craig Hutchinson.Negrelli is a respected project manager and engineer with practical experience delivering offshore wind construction projects, working for the major wind turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Negrelli was deputy construction project manager of the recently completed 574 MW Race Bank project

Crevasses near the grounding line of Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica. (Credits: University of Washington/I. Joughin)

Accelerating Antarctic Thaw Speeds Sea Level Rise

30 cm and almost a meter.Shepherd said Antarctica alone is now on track to raise world sea levels by about 15 cm by 2100, above most past estimates.Such a rise alone sounds little but would make coastal floods during storms at high tides more damaging, he said. Sea level rise is a threat to cities from New York to Shanghai as well as low-lying nations from the Pacific Ocean to the Netherlands.“We’re watching these reports closely,” said Michiel van den Broeke, professor of Polar Meteorology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, saying they were the guide for defending the Dutch coast

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House Set to Debate Offshore Wind Energy Bills in US Waters

have been especially interested in U.S. offshore acreage up for lease.Mike Olsen, senior director of government affairs at Norway's Equinor, formerly Statoil, is expected to testify at Tuesday's hearing.Statoil Wind has already won a bid for 80,000 acres of offshore leasing rights off of New York's coast.James Bennett, chief of the Office of Renewable Energy Programs Department at the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Management and Randall Luthi, president of the National Oceans Industries Association are confirmed to testify.(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici and Nichola Groom; Editing

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New York Noise: A Risk for Endangered Whales

Noise in New York has always grated on people and now, with the cacophony engulfing surrounding waters, it is threatening the city's newly discovered neighbors: endangered whales. Rare North Atlantic right whales and other species that use tonal and pulsating songs to find food and mates have been detected in New York waters by an underwater monitor that the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society installed last year. Aerial surveys since March have revealed 61 whales, including eight right whales, four sperm whales and 21 fin whales, all endangered species

An image shot from a ROV shows a spare parts box from USS Indianapolis on the floor of the Pacific Ocean in more than 16,000 feet of water. (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

The Quest to Find and Explore USS Indianapolis

led by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen set out equipped with an arsenal of high-tech search equipment on a mission to locate the historic vessel last seen on July 30, 1945.   The story of the USS Indianapolis is one of military might, heroism, tragedy, controversy and mystery. Built by New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, N.J., the 623-ft., 9,800-ton Portland Class heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35) entered service in November 1932, serving through campaigns that earned the ship 10 battle stars over the course of World War II.   But after much success in battle, the

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Statoil’s NY Offshore Wind Project Named 'Empire Wind'

Empire Wind is the project name of Statoil’s offshore wind site located off the southern coast of Long Island, N.Y.    “The name Empire Wind captures the pivotal role that this important project will play in helping New York achieve its ambitious renewable energy goal,” said Statoil’s Empire Wind Project Director, Christer af Geijerstam.  “Empire Wind also speaks to the leading role that New York State is taking in advancing the deployment of offshore wind technology in North America.” The 79,350 acre site, secured by Statoil in a federal auction

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Batista Named CEO at Aquabotix

former Senior Managing Director of independent financial services firm Viriathus Holdings LLC., and previously held roles with HPC Capital Management Corp., SoundView Technology Group and Lehman Brothers Inc. A graduate of C.W. Post College, Batista also has several post-graduate qualifications from The New York Institute of Finance

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

. partners, builders or design offices to serve what market watchers know is the largest undeveloped wind market in the world: at least five U.S. coastal states have held successive, successful offshore lease sales for some of the over 2,000,000 acres in offshore wind concessions under auction. Populace New York and Massachusetts (the latter with mega-project bids due this December 2017) are notable for total acreage offerings of at least 750,000 acres, according to numbers from the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. New York in 2017 qualified 14 companies for its 6th

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After Florida, more States Press US for Offshore Drilling Exemptions

issued sharply-worded Tweets.   "Tourism and recreation along the Delaware coastline account for billions in economic activity each year, and support tens of thousands of jobs," Governor John Carney of Delaware, a Democrat, said in a Twitter post Wednesday morning.   "New York doesn't want drilling off our coast either. Where do we sign up for a waiver @SecretaryZinke?" wrote New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, also a Democrat.   An Interior Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how the department would address the requests

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Roadmap for Renewable Energy

efficiency gains, undersea cables are thereby addressing the challenges of inconsistent supply and demand; they enable power generated offshore – or in remote geographical locations – to be transmitted to the urban areas that need it most. The Geography of Renewables Take the state of New York, for example, which has four densely populated counties, two that are part of New York City, located on Long Island. The island faces significant challenges meeting its substantial electricity demands due to legacy issues of gas and electric transmission constraints, as well as limited geographical

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New Members Join NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Advisory Panel

Exchange 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

UC3 Nautilus in 2008 (File photo: Frumperino)

Danish Man Gets Life for Murdering Journalist on His Submarine

planned.During the trial, a police prosecutor said images of women being strangled and decapitated, “which we presumed to be real”, had been found on Madsen’s computer in a laboratory he ran.Wall was a freelance journalist whose work had appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Time, the New York Times, the Atlantic Magazine, the Guardian, Foreign Policy and the South China Morning Post.She held degrees from New York’s Columbia University and the London School of Economics and had written about topics ranging from gender and social justice to pop culture and foreign policy, according

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