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U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has sent a letter to BOEM expressing concern for the possible negative impacts the Vineyard Wind project could have on fisheries, marine life and habitats. The letter represents NOAA's public comment on BOEM's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the 800MW offshore wind project in Massachusetts. NOAA stated that "the […]
The University of Delaware in the U.S. has found that the distance at which turbines are located from shore has a significant impact on how tourists feel about offshore wind projects.
Vineyard Wind has submitted the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) for its proposed 800MW offshore wind project in the U.S.
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) is hosting four workshops with the fishing industry to identify priorities for the assessment of impacts offshore wind has on fisheries and ecological conditions.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued the final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Icebreaker offshore wind farm in Lake Erie, which states the project will not have a significant impact on the environment.
US offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind has submitted a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Report (SDEIR) to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA) for the 800MW Vineyard Wind project offshore Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA) has requested a supplemental filing to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Vineyard Wind Connector project.
US offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind has submitted a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) with state regulators for its proposed 800MW wind farm off Massachusetts.
After completing the transaction with Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) for the sale of 50% of the Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm yesterday, 11 December, Ørsted now expects its EBITDA in 2017 to materialise at some DKK 21 billion (approx. EUR 2.8 billion), compared to the previously guided range of DKK 19-21 billion.
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) has published a report on the environmental impact of offshore wind farms in Belgium, which has 870MW in operational wind turbines in its part of the North Sea as of 2016 and plans to reach 2.2GW by 2020.
The University of Hull presented its findings on the impact of Green Port Hull One at an event yesterday, 4 December, a year after Siemens Gamesa opened the blade manufacturing facility at Alexandra Dock.
ORE Catapult marked its 2016/17 financial year with over 500 collaborations with industry and academia, a 10% increase from the previous year, including support to 134 small and medium-sized companies and participation in 35 international projects.
The 450MW Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind project is estimated to add GBP 827.4 million to Scotland's GDP during its lifetime, according to an analysis carried out by the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) at the University of Strathclyde.
New research into the benefits of the Beatrice offshore wind farm shows the social and economic impact the project is expected to deliver.
Scheduling wind farm construction activities in the Maryland Wind Energy Area (WEA) to take place during summer months, from June to September, could reduce the likelihood of disturbance to harbour porpoises, according to a new study.
Vattenfall's Wind Business Area recorded an uptick in wind generation in the first quarter of 2017 on the back of more than 500MW of added capacity, including the recently commissioned 288MW Sandbank offshore wind farm.
Knowledge of impact forces is an important aspect in the design and subsequent operation of offshore wind turbines. Offshore wind turbines are typically monopile or space frame structures. In addition to their basic operational loading, these structures are designed to withstand the environmental loads experienced offshore from waves, currents and wind.
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has contracted the University of Rhode Island (URI) to document the effects of the Block Island Wind Farm, the nation's first offshore wind farm, on recreation and tourism in Rhode Island.
BVG Associates (BVGA) and the Economic Intelligence Unit at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) have developed a benchmark standard in measuring local and national value added from offshore wind developments. Offshore wind is a maturing industry that is becoming truly global, BVGA said. For continued growth and to build local and government […]
ScottishPower Renewables has awarded the Peterborough-based Royal HaskoningDHV with an GBP 8 million contract to carry out environmental assessments for East Anglia ONE North and East Anglia TWO offshore wind farm projects. The contract is said to be one of the largest of its kind in the offshore wind industry. The team at Royal HaskoningDHV […]
Dalby Offshore is currently trialling a new system for motion and impact monitoring of offshore vessels, Oceanic Dynamics, on the recently delivered crew transfer vessel Dalby Ouse. Oceanic Dynamics is created by UK Electronic Solutions, part of NSSLGlobal Group, and is designed to protect the longevity of offshore assets by monitoring and reporting vessel impact on structures, passenger comfort […]
What is the possible impact of a wind farm project on wildlife? Offshore wind, as a renewable source of energy, has the potential to strongly reduce carbon emissions, which in turn will positively affect a great many species. Placement of offshore wind farms, building the foundations and even the sound of turning blades do nonetheless also have an […]
Offshore wind turbines in shelf seas can cumulatively change the local flow of water and alter the heights of tides far beyond the immediate areas around offshore wind farms, according to a new study by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML). Overall, the environmental impact of renewable energy is expected to be overwhelmingly positive, via the reduction of […]
Wind turbines that could be spinning off the coast of North Carolina in the future would affect the state's tourism, despite the fact that people generally support wind energy as a clean source of power. According to a study by economists at North Carolina State University (NCSU), nearshore wind farms are likely to negatively impact […]
A Marine Scotland Science study investigating the coastal movement of Scottish salmon deployed a number of satellite tags on fish in 2013 to 2014. This work was aimed at determining the potential for marine renewable energy to affect migrating salmon. The satellite tags detach from the salmon at a pre-determined time and transmit their location, […]
KIC InnoEnergy has launched Delphos, a revolutionary online tool, which is now available on KIC InnoEnergy website. Delphos aims to make it easier for innovators to bring products to market by predicting the impact that innovation will have on the cost of energy. Currently available for innovations in the field of wind energy (onshore and offshore), it will soon […]