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Posted on March 5, 2018 - 10:41am, by raye

Via Ars Technica

"The world's first commercial floating offshore wind farm, called Hywind, started sending electricity to the grid last October. Since then, the six-turbine, 30MW installation has been working well. Really well. In fact, Hywind has had a 65-percent capacity factor over the last three months according to Statoil, the Norwegian mega-corporation that built the wind farm off the coast of Scotland."

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Posted on March 1, 2018 - 10:35am, by raye

Via Hakai Magazine

"In the United States, wind farms have so far been a feature of the terrestrial landscape, with installations from Southern California to northern Maine generating more than six percent of the nation’s energy. But off the mid-Atlantic coast, interest in offshore wind farms is growing, and so is the danger to seabirds."

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Posted on February 22, 2018 - 11:40am, by raye

Via Hakai Magazine

"Skeptics and scientists have raised a range of hypothetical ways in which wave and tidal power infrastructure could hurt animals. Maybe seals, seabirds, and fish will be sliced and diced by underwater turbines. Perhaps they will be disturbed by the sounds of underwater generators. Sharks and rays—sensitive to electromagnetic fields—might be thrown astray by subsea power cables"

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Posted on December 15, 2017 - 9:55am, by nwehner

Via Energy.gov

"Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced $18.5 million in new Department of Energy (DOE) funding for an offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium that will conduct U.S.-specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S. This consortium will be a cooperative private-public innovation hub addressing topics, including wind plant technology advancement, resource and physical site characterization, installation, operations and maintenance, and supply chain technology solutions."

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Posted on November 13, 2017 - 3:01pm, by nwehner

Via The Washington Post

"New Jersey residents just elected a Democrat to replace Christie — one with an ambitious alternative energy plan. One of the biggest energy-related consequences of the 2017 election is the gust of life breathed into offshore wind development in the densely populated and energy-hungry Garden State."

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Posted on November 6, 2017 - 11:03am, by abrown

Via Phys.org

"Renewable energy continues to grow in the United States, despite US President Donald Trump's moves to dismantle clean power, deregulate industry and promote fossil fuels like coal, experts say."

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Posted on October 12, 2017 - 11:05am, by nwehner

Via The Washington Post

"New research published on Monday finds there is so much wind energy potential over oceans that it could theoretically be used to generate “civilization scale power” — assuming, that is, that we are willing to cover enormous stretches of the sea with turbines, and can come up with ways to install and maintain them in often extreme ocean environments."

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Posted on June 13, 2017 - 3:46pm, by nwehner

Via AP

"The state’s electric utilities — National Grid, Eversource and Unitil — are slated to release by June 30 their requirements for projects seeking to develop the state’s first ocean-based wind farm."

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Posted on June 2, 2017 - 3:27pm, by nwehner

Please mark your calendars for the next Annex IV Environmental Webinar: Fisheries Interactions with Marine Renewable Energy Development.  Click here to download calendar event.

Sponsored by the Annex IV initiative to the IEA Ocean Energy Systems, the webinar will be held on June 19 from 15:00 - 16:30 UTC.

This webinar will look at the socio-economic impacts of marine renewable energy (MRE) projects around commercial fisheries by exploring the attitudes of fishermen towards MRE projects under development and perceived socio-economic impacts and opportunities, as well as the co-occurrence and nature of potential interactions between these two industries.

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