Category Archive: Offshore Wind Energy

Wind farm developers say key to working with fishermen is to get engaged and stay engaged

  NEW BEDFORD, MA – BayState Wind, the offshore wind energy project in the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area, is in the process of preparing its construction and operation plan (COP) while awaiting data from the meteorological buoy it launched last May. As part of the COP, Bay State hosted an industry-to-industry meeting in late January …

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BOEM updates New England council on several offshore wind farms, studies, energy projects 

  GLOUCESTER, MA – At its Dec. 5-7 meeting, the New England Fishery Management Council received an update on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) projects in the Northeast region. BOEM marine biologist Brian Hooker walked the council through the status of: 14 offshore wind farms that are in various stages of progress, numerous …

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Fisheries Survival Fund sues BOEM over NY wind energy area lease

WASHINGTON, DC – On Dec. 8, the Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF) – an 18-year-old scallop fishing industry coalition – brought suit against the Dept. of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for violations of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and Administrative Procedures Act, to stop the New York …

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Ocean State offshore wind farm projects …

…set standard for involving and communicating with affected fishermen NEW SHOREHAM, RI – “Whether you’re for or against it, just the scale of it leaves you  in awe,” said Elizabeth Marchetti, fisheries liaison for the Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF). After a site visit to watch the fourth of five turbine towers going …

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England’s wind farm experience offers critical lessons for US fishing industry

(UPDATED) BROADSTAIRS, KENT – Looking out over the English Channel on a quiet night in March, the horizon is surprisingly ablaze with lights.  A local fisherman quips, “People ask us if that’s France.”   It’s not.  This illusion of a “city” of lights is the result of hundreds of enormous illuminated turbines in a string …

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BOEM readies to auction wind leases in huge WEA off Martha’s Vineyard

NEW BEDFORD, MA – About 30 people attended a June 24 public meeting convened by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to get an update on leasing plans and environmental reports for what is now the largest offshore wind energy area (WEA) in federal waters. BOEM issued a proposed sale notice on June 17, …

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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

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

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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