"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."
"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."
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.
From the Archives calls attention to past MEAM articles whose perspectives and insight remain relevant. This interview with Bela Buck, head of a working group on marine aquaculture, maritime technologies, and integrated coastal management, discusses how co-locating aquaculture and wind farms would maximize the value of an area.
"In an announcement on Thursday, authorities said that the floating facility will have a capacity of as much as 50 MW and is set to support roughly 110 jobs through assembly, installation and "ongoing operations and maintenance activities.""
Via Ars Technica
"A recent pair of studies conducted by the University of Delaware and Princeton University tried to assess how much wind power PJM Interconnection, an East Coast-based grid operator that serves 60 million people in 14 states, could incorporate before the wind's unpredictability might put grid reliability at risk."