Wind Energy Development News

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New Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science

as an uninspected research vessel with an ABS Loadline. The design offers flexibility in science outfitting allowing for high utilization and affordable operating day rates. The vessel is easily adaptable to evolving scientific research areas such as offshore oil and gas exploration surveys, wind energy development surveys, environmental impact studies, and the servicing of ocean observing systems.Main propulsion is provided by a pair of 660 BHP tier III Cummins QSK 19M engines coupled to a Finnoy 2G27-42FK two–in/one-out marine gear driving a Finnoy 5 blade, 1.95 meter diameter controllable

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California Offshore Wind Project Progresing

Northern California energy authority RCEA and a consortium of private companies, including Aker Solutions and Principle Power, have submitted a lease application to advance the first commercial scale project for floating offshore wind in the United States.The application for the offshore wind energy development off the coast of Humboldt county in Northern California has been submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).In April this year, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) selected a consortium which includes Aker Solutions, Principle Power and EDPR Offshore to enter into a

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Virginia Institute of Marine Science Orders Research Vessel

as an uninspected research vessel with an ABS Loadline. The design offers flexibility in science outfitting allowing for high utilization and affordable operating day rates. The vessel is easily adaptable to evolving scientific research areas such as offshore oil and gas exploration surveys, wind energy development surveys, environmental impact studies, and the servicing of ocean observing systems.   Main propulsion is provided by a pair of 660 BHP tier III diesel engines coupled to a two–in/one-out marine gear driving a controllable pitch propeller shrouded within a nozzle. This unique

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US to Auction Leasing Rights Offshore NY for Wind Energy Development

The U.S. government on Thursday announced a Dec. 15 auction for the leasing rights to develop wind energy off the coast of New York as part of the Obama administration's push to create jobs through renewable energy.   The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will auction the rights to 79,350 acres or about 125 square miles (325 square kilometers) in federal waters. Fourteen companies are eligible to participate in the lease sale, the agencies said.   The New York Wind Energy Area starts about 11.5 nautical miles from Jones Beach, a state park on a barrier

Another Step toward Wind Energy off California

BOEM assessing competitive interest in proposed floating wind turbine project site offshore Morro Bay, Calif.   Signaling a major step forward in supporting wind energy development in federal waters offshore California, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced that the department is issuing a Request for Interest in a lease area requested by Trident Winds, LLC for its proposed 765 megawatt (MW) floating wind energy project.   “This announcement represents a significant step in facilitating the responsible development of offshore renewable

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Denmark, US to Partner on Offshore Wind

(MOU) to recognize their countries' common interests in developing offshore wind as a clean and sustainable energy source.    “This is a historic event for our respective countries as we work together to share knowledge, experiences, data and best practices relevant to offshore wind energy development,” said Director Hopper. “This MOU represents an exciting milestone toward a achieving a clean energy future.”   “This agreement is a testimony to the strong Transatlantic ties between Denmark and the U.S.,” Ambassador Lose said. “Denmark has been

The Ocean Dimensions animation helps users visualize how ocean data can apply to several dimensions

Presentations Illustrate Dimensions of Accurate Marine Mapping

Dimensions animation and Crowded Ocean Spaces: A 3D View visualization—explain why two-dimensional marine maps cannot tell the whole story. Understanding this fact helps viewers gain a more accurate picture of marine-siting conflicts and compatibilities, including those related to offshore wind energy development. Traditional maps can give the false impression that the marine space is very crowded. In reality, marine uses are spread out among many dimensions: the sea surface, seafloor, water column, air column and even the dimension of time. Marine planners and managers who take into account these

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Ocean Mapping in 3D: New Interactive Tool

and Crowded Ocean Spaces: A 3D View visualization — explain why two-dimensional marine maps cannot tell the whole story. Understanding this fact helps viewers gain a more accurate picture of marine-siting conflicts and compatibilities, including those related to offshore wind energy development. The animation and visualization are included on MarineCadastre.gov, an integrated information system that features 170-plus authoritative ocean data layers as well as offshore planning tools and technical support. MarineCadastre.gov allows users to create and customize

BOEM Seeks Comment on Proposed Energy Research

potential environmental consequences, and the use of the area in which the proposed project would be located. BOEM also asked whether there were other entities interested in obtaining a renewable energy lease of the same scale within the same area identified by DMME that would support potential wind energy development.   In response to this notice, BOEM received five comments, none of which expressed competitive interest in the area proposed by DMME. Accordingly, BOEM published a "Determination of No Competitive Interest" in the Federal Register on Dec. 9, 2013, stating that it will

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JMS to Design Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science

processes. The design offers flexibility in science outfitting allowing for high utilization and affordable operating day rates. The vessel will be able to easily adapt to evolving scientific research areas such as environmental impact studies, offshore oil and gas exploration surveys, wind energy development surveys, and maintenance of ocean observing systems. The 80-foot VIMS vessel will be designed for multi-disciplinary coastal-science studies including fish and invertebrate sampling; bottom geological and benthic coring; deployment and retrieval of data buoys; heavy mooring, seismic and

Dogger Bank (Forewind)

First Application Accepted for Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Development

The Planning Inspectorate accepted Forewind’s development consent order application for the first stage of offshore wind energy development on the Dogger Bank Zone. The application for Dogger Bank Creyke Beck, comprising two offshore wind farms with a total installed capacity of up to 2.4 gigawatts (GW), was submitted in August after more than three years of surveys and research work, reporting and stakeholder engagement activity. The Planning Inspectorate will now begin a pre-examination phase that will be followed by a formal examination process, together these should take around 10

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