Deepwater Wind is trying to keep fishermen happy while it builds more offshore wind facilities. The latest effort aims to protect commercial fishing gear, but fishermen and their advocacy groups want broader protections for fishing grounds and their livelihood.

The Providence-based company recently announced a program to inform fishermen of where and when construction and other work occurs at the site of three wind facilities and their electric cables. The offshore wind developer hired liaisons to offer dockside information to fishermen at main fishing ports such as New Bedford, Mass., Point Judith, and Montauk, N.Y. Daily activity will be posted online about surveys, construction, and maintenance work. The updates will also be broadcast twice daily on boating radio channels, according to Deepwater Wind.



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An offshore wind project is looking to get off the ground.

On Monday, July 16th, Orsted, the Danish company behind the New Jersey offshore wind project, launched a research buoy to measure wind, wave and weather conditions at a site 10 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, right where it envisions a bunch of wind turbines.



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Wind turbines and fish co-existing, so far

Posted by Raymond Dean on February 27, 2018 9:15 AM EST
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It seems as though the foundations of the Block Island Wind Farm and maritime life can not only co-exist, but perhaps even flourish, together.

That was the message conveyed by Deepwater Wind and the American Wind Energy Association during a webinar with journalists held on Feb. 14.  A video that played during the call included testimonials from recreational fishermen and footage of fish feeding at the base of one of the Block Island Wind Farm’s 110-foot tall steel turbine foundations, which have created an artificial reef teeming with marine life.



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Americans can now preview what’s in store for coastal communities, and the fish many depend on, as offshore wind development builds steam in the U.S. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW), based at the University of Delaware, released a new video today that features never-before-seen underwater footage of fish feeding at America’s first offshore wind farm, as well as testimonials from local recreational fishermen and charter captains.


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Virginia Offshore Wind E-News: February 2018

Posted by Web Master 6 on February 9, 2018 5:20 PM EST
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Dear Virginia Offshore Wind Supporter:

2018 is barely one month old and already lots of exciting offshore wind plans announced.
Two Governors - New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy and New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo - each made big announcements concerning their respective states' offshore wind plans.
Gov. Cuomo released the first-in-the-nation Master Plan intended to guide New York's development of 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030. The state will also invest $15 million to train workers for offshore wind jobs and develop port infrastructure.
Gov. Murphy issued an Executive Order calling on the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Board of Public Utilities to develop 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. This potentially powers 1 million homes with clean energy.
So, what say you, Governor Northam?! <insert smiley face>
I, along with David Carr with the Southern Environmental Law Center and Chuck DeCuir with the Virginia Offshore Wind Coalition, recently submitted a briefing paper on offshore wind to our new Governor.  We have met with a couple of administration officials to discuss the paper, including Secretary of Natural Resources Matt Strickler and DMME Chief Deputy Will Payne.  We hope to meet with other officials, especially ones within the Secretary of Commerce and Trade office and with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
Our briefing paper makes a few specific recommendations for Governor Northam, including a call for Virginia to develop 2,000 megawatts by 2030 and to tap DMME to work with the Port of Virginia and VEDP to develop a Virginia offshore wind Master Plan - a detailed roadmap outlining the steps and a timeline necessary to establish Hampton Roads as a major offshore wind industry hub for Atlantic projects.
At the same time, the Sierra Club has commissioned BVG Associates (authors of Virginia's OSW Port Readiness Study) to prepare a "Vision" document that informs and influences a political and advocacy-oriented readership and provides a compelling case supporting Virginia's production of 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030. BVG's analysis will considers the pipeline of projects along the Atlantic, the industry intelligence built from the growth of the European market, along with the future benefits from a maturing local supply chain.  The goal with this Vision document is to inspire decision makers and activists via a simple yet compelling case supporting the very real possibility of Virginia's production of 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030. 
Stay tuned!  Exciting things to come.
Eile  e  n Levandoski
Offshore Energy Program Director
Sierra Club Virginia Chapter

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today released the comprehensive New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, which will guide the responsible and cost-effective development of 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, enough to power up to 1.2 million homes with clean energy. To spur the development of renewable resources, Governor Cuomo announced in his 2018 State of the State address that the state will issue solicitations in 2018 and in 2019 for a combined total of at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind power. Offshore wind is a critical component of the Governor's mandate to generate 50 percent of the state's electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2030 and support the creation of thousands of good jobs in New York's clean energy economy.


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The science-based conclusions came one after another last week.

The Block Island Wind Farm has had no remarkable adverse effects on the environment, fish, mammals, birds and people. Over 50 scientists presented their research findings at the Southern New England Offshore Wind Energy Science Forum held at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

I served on a social impacts panel and last month served as a panelist at the ‘Offshore Renewable Energy Development and Fisheries’ workshop at UMass Dartmouth. The URI Science Form was sponsored by Deepwater Wind, who developed the Block Island Wind Farm (the first ocean wind farm in the nation) and the UMass workshop was organized by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on behalf of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to garner input on what types of fisheries research might be needed to plan future wind farm projects.



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f wind farms are built off Maryland's coast, turbines will be spinning in areas where many seabirds cross — but few linger — during annual migrations, according to a bird-tracking study.

Researchers spent the past five years tagging more than 400 birds with tiny transmitters and watching their movements. The exercise has produced the most detailed picture to date of the territories crossed by three common species of seabirds.



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U.S. fishermen feel a chill from wind turbines

Posted by Jeff Keever on December 29, 2017 10:20 AM EST
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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - East Coast fishermen are turning a wary eye toward an emerging upstart: the offshore wind industry.

In New Bedford, Massachusetts, the onetime whaling capital made famous in Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick," fishermen dread the possibility of navigating a forest of turbines as they make their way to the fishing grounds that have made it the nation's most lucrative fishing port for 17 years running.

The state envisions hundreds of wind turbines spinning off the city's shores in about a decade, enough to power more than 1 million homes.



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