Category Archive: Offshore Wind Energy

Wind Energy Area socioeconomic study on fisheries ‘exposure’ nears completion

MONTAUK, NY – At the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s April 8-10 meeting here, A. Justin Kirkpatrick and Sharon Benjamin from the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center presented spatial and revenue analyses that will help the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) evaluate the impacts of offshore wind farms on fisheries. That data …

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Fishermen’s Energy: In it for the long haul

An example of a twisted jacket turbine foundation.  The wind turbine structure would be mounted atop the yellow foundation base where the girding is in this photo.  The unique foundation design came about through a competitive grant program sponsored by the Carbon Trust to encourage wind power development.  Built ashore, multiple units can be transported together providing significant cost savings. (Carbon Trust photo)

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – When Fishermen’s Energy goes before the US Department of Energy (DOE) in April to present its proposal for a $46.7 million grant, it will be “shovel ready,” as the saying goes.  Unlike other demonstration-scale wind farms proposed in state waters, the company’s Atlantic City wind farm project has all required state and federal …

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GUEST COLUMN – Brits visit New England ports, urge US fishermen to prepare for wind farm development

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council convened an Offshore Wind Best Management Practices Workshop Feb. 5-6 in Baltimore, MD with the goal of identifying standards for wind energy developers to follow in avoiding conflicts with commercial and recreational fisheries. More than 40 council members, council advisers, and interested parties participated.  The event, which was sponsored by …

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UMaine seeks second DOE grant to build pilot wind farm off Monhegan

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ORONO, ME – In February, the Maine Aqua Ventus I (MAV-I) team submitted its proposal for a demonstration-scale offshore wind farm to the US Department of Energy (DOE) in the second qualifying round for $46.5 million in funding. If successful, the grant will go towards designing, deploying, and monitoring two six-megawatt wind turbines at the …

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Block Island Wind Farm sets precedent for bringing fishermen to the table

The hatched area to the south of Block Island shows the area designated as suitable for offshore wind development by Rhode Island’s Ocean Special Area Management Plan.  The circles in the area represent the five turbines of the Block Island Wind Farm.  Power from the farm will come ashore at New Shoreham and then be transferred to the Block Island Transmission System cable, which connects the island to the mainland, coming ashore at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett.
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POINT JUDITH, RI – Offshore wind farm proposals are advancing in Maine, New Jersey, Virginia, and elsewhere, but the 30-megawatt, five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm, which is being developed by Deepwater Wind Holdings LLC for construction entirely in Rhode Island state waters, is on track to become the nation’s first offshore wind farm.  This project …

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Guest Column – Coping with wind farms through ‘best practices,’ mitigation, planning – John Williamson

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In the global picture, offshore wind power is an increasing part of the energy mix in Europe, China, and Japan.  The world leader in offshore wind production, the United Kingdom (UK), which includes England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, has ambitious plans for quadrupling its present capacity by 2020.  The race is on. Although the …

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Guest Column – Offshore wind: A perspective from BOEM

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As recently reported by Commercial Fisheries News, several fisheries representatives were invited to visit the Thanet offshore wind facility in England to speak with regulators and fishermen about issues regarding offshore wind development (see CFN May 2013).  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) applauds such opportunities for engagement, as they provide valuable insight to …

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Guest Column – Cable projects: Bringing wind energy to shore

One often-overlooked aspect of offshore wind energy development is how the energy will be brought onshore.  Transmission cables carrying the energy created by offshore wind turbines must cross the ocean, make landfall – often in working waterfront areas – and connect to land-based power stations. As much as offshore wind development may affect your operations …

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Wind farm advice: Accept, engage, negotiate

As part of a mitigation package, energy developers agreed to install fast-flow pumps at the Thanet Fishermen’s Association’s fuel co-op dock and then purchase fuel from the co-op for its service vessels. (Lorelei Stevens photo)

LONDON, ENGLAND – Over the last few years, European fishermen have been forced to grapple with the sudden reality of wind farm construction on their fishing grounds.  Their experiences offer important lessons for fishermen here in the Northeast. In mid-March, a team of people involved in fisheries in this region traveled to England to learn …

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Guest Column – Wind farm planning: How to be heard

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Many fishermen are asking what they can do to preserve fishing opportunities in the wake of ocean wind energy development.  The answer is threefold:  be aware of what is being proposed in your area; know what governmental body is in charge; and engage early and often in the regulatory processes. Multiple state and federal entities …

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