New Offshore Wind Facility Approved By New York

New Offshore Wind Facility Approved By New York

New York state selected Norwegian energy giant Equinor to build and supply clean energy from two offshore wind facilities in one of the largest renewable energy deals ever in the United States, according to Reuters.

Why This Matters:  Offshore wind projects are a highly anticipated source of clean, renewable energy — but have been hard to get off the ground so far.

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First US Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm Delayed Yet Again

First US Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm Delayed Yet Again

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer A plan to build the first utility-scale offshore wind project near Cape Cod— The Vineyard Wind project— has been delayed once again. The project has been delayed over a year as the federal government has requested increasingly rigorous permits.  A final permit for the Vineyard Wind project had been […]

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US Coast Guard Backs Wind Developers’ Plan in New England

US Coast Guard Backs Wind Developers’ Plan in New England

President Trump has slowed the development of offshore wind in the Atlantic, but the U.S. Coast Guard just completed its study of how wind farms in the ocean off New England would impact ports in the region and its recommendations are “largely in line with a proposal that the five developers that hold leases for offshore wind sites off New England made late last year,” according to State House News Service in Massachusetts

Why This Matters:  Regional fishers advocated for a grid layout with navigation lanes 4 nautical-miles apart — arguing that wider spacing would be necessary “to preserve safe and efficient passage along the routes most often used by fishermen.”

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Trump Administration Delays Offshore Wind Farm To Do More Environmental Reviews

Trump Administration Delays Offshore Wind Farm To Do More Environmental Reviews

Yesterday, in his press conference at the end of the G-7 summit, the President said he would not “lose” our country’s “tremendous wealth … on dreams and windmills, which, frankly, aren’t working too well.”  It seems that his statement was more than just hot air.  Earlier this month, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that it is expanding its review of the environmental impacts of the Vineyard Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts to include a “more robust” analysis of the potential cumulative impact if other offshore wind farms are built.

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Atlantic Offshore Wind Projects – NY Moving Ahead, MA Stalled

Atlantic Offshore Wind Projects – NY Moving Ahead, MA Stalled

Late last week, the State of New York announced it had signed an agreement with Norwegian developer Equinor (in a joint venture with a U.S. firm) to build two massive projects off Long Island that will help the state achieve its plan to generate 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.  Meanwhile, the largest project in development now, Vineyard Wind in Massachusetts, hit permitting snags last week and is pushing to get the project’s federal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) completed in the next 4-6 weeks — any further delay, according to the Company, will jeopardize the project as it is currently configured.

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Right Whales Are The Right Whale to Save – Just Ask Vineyard Wind

Right Whales Are The Right Whale to Save – Just Ask Vineyard Wind

There are fewer than 415 North Atlantic Right Whales remaining with only 100 females of breeding age left in the population. This is one of the most endangered species on the planet, thanks to man-made threats like ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear. According to the U.S. Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Beth Allgood, “There may be only five years remaining to save these whales. This is one of the most pressing conservation challenges of our time.”

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