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Salazar Announces Renewable Energy Office

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) will establish a new regional office in 2010 to support renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) off the Atlantic seaboard. “Given the enormous potential for renewable energy development, especially wind energy, in the Mid and North Atlantic,” Secretary Salazar said, “MMS needs a dedicated Atlantic Region office as we plan for offshore renewable energy commercial leasing.” The Atlantic OCS Region will be responsible for evaluating permits for renewable energy activities in an effective, efficient and consistent manner while being responsive to the States, developers and other stakeholders.  The new office will implement and manage the offshore renewable energy program, including leasing, environmental programs, the formation of task forces, State consultation, and post-lease permitting in Federal waters off the East Coast.  In these first months of the Obama Administration, the Department of the Interior created the first-ever framework for offshore renewable energy development and worked with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to clear out bureaucratic obstacles to offshore renewable energy projects.  The Secretary recently awarded the first-ever exploratory leases for offshore wind production on the OCS offshore New Jersey and Delaware. 


Masdar CEO Receives UN Eco Award

Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber,CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, has received this year’s United Nations’ Champions of the Earth Award The award recognises Masdar's work in deploying renewable energy projects including Shams One, a 100MW concentrated solar power plant in Abu Dhabi; London Array, a 1GW offshore wind farm, and Gemasolar, a 20MW concentrating solar thermal plant. Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, Masdar, invests in clean technologies


UK Think-Tank Hosts IDICORE Summer School

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HR Wallingford hosts Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) participant programme. The IDCORE programme delivered an industry focused course that aims to expand and sustain a community of high-quality post-doctoral staff for the UK offshore renewable energy industry. The HR Wallingford summer school, which is the first of its kind, delivered a mixture of taught sessions, case studies and expert tutorials in offshore renewable energy


IMCA Provides Notes to Offshore Renewable Sector

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The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has produced two information notes – ‘Diving on Offshore Renewable Energy Projects: Regulations and Guidance’, and ‘The Inspection and Auditing of Manned and Unmanned Barges’ which are of use, and interest, to those involved with offshore renewable energy projects. “As an increasing number of our members become involved with the offshore renewable energy sectors, we believe it is useful to them


US Closer to Wave Energy off Oregon

Map of potential ocean wave energy resources (Image: National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Milestone cleared for first marine hydrokinetic research lease offshore the west coast; step in efforts to explore new frontier of wave energy offshore Oregon As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop domestic energy sources, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced today it has taken an important step toward issuing a research lease for a facility to test utility-scale wave energy devices in federal waters


President Requests $364.8M for MMS

With a budget designed to increase America’s energy security by expanding the nation’s energy portfolio and ensuring a fair return for these public resources, the President has proposed $364.8m in funding for the Minerals Management Service (MMS) in fiscal year 2011. While this represents an increase of $16.5m from the 2010 enacted level, the request reflects the President’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and the prudent investment of taxpayer dollars.


Panel: Lift Japan offshore wind tariff lift, Cut solar prices

A government panel has recommended Japan lift the amount utilities must pay for electricity from offshore wind farms while cutting prices for power fed in from solar projects, as the country looks to diversify its use of renewable energy. Japan, hoping to boost alternative energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, introduced a feed-in tariff scheme in 2012, under which utilities must buy all power generated from renewable sources such as wind, solar or geothermal


Energy North Launches First Annual Energy North Awards

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Energy North, formerly North Scotland Industries Group (NSIG), is launching the first annual Energy North Awards to celebrate energy in Scotland. The 130-plus member organization’s awards will recognize contribution to developing the energy industry in the Highlands and Islands region made by suppliers, brokers, product manufacturers, experts and consultants working in the oil and gas, fossil based energy, renewables or the nuclear industry.


Marine Renewables Manager Named by UK Shipyard

Amanda Pound, David Daniel: Photo credit A&P

A&P Falmouth takes on a full time marine renewables business development manager, Amanda Pound A&P Falmouth, is positioned on the south coast of the UK in one of the world’s largest natural deep-water harbours. Falmouth is the largest ship-repair complex in the UK, with three large graving docks and extensive alongside berthing, providing facilities for a wide range of marine business. The company’s reputation in the marine renewable energy sector is continuing to


Moree Solar Farm Puts Big Solar in Big Sky Country

  The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced $101.7 million of support for Moree Solar Farm, which upon completion will be one of the largest solar plants in Australia. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht congratulated renewable energy company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) who are set to begin construction on the project shortly.   “Moree Solar Farm will be the first large-scale solar plant in Australia to use a single-axis horizontal tracking system


Bid to Rescue Clyde Shipbuilder Ferguson

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Jim McColl, one of Scotland's richest men, has tabled a bid to rescue collapsed Clyde shipbuilder Ferguson and aims to return the yard to its former glory by creating hundreds of jobs, according to HeraldScotland. The engineering tycoon, who saved about 550 jobs at Weir Pumps in Glasgow in 2007


Scotland Site for World's Biggest Tidal Array

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The world’s biggest tidal array is to be built in North Scotland bringing jobs and energy security to the Pentland Firth region, informs a UK Government news release. The Government has provided £10 million worth of grant funding to the Meygen project


Atlantic Slows Warming, Temperature Rises Seen Resuming from 2030

The Atlantic Ocean has masked global warming this century by soaking up vast amounts of heat from the atmosphere in a shift likely to reverse from around 2030 and spur fast temperature rises, scientists said. The theory is the latest explanation for a slowdown in the pace of warming at the


Vestas Profit Beats Forecast

Offshore windfarm: Photo credit Hans Hillewaert

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems posted much higher than expected second-quarter earnings and slightly increased its guidance for the full year, signaling its turnaround from the brink of collapse has taken hold. * Q2 earnings before special items 104 mln eur vs f'cast 63 mln


OSV Hull Arrives at Havyard's Leirvik Yard

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Havyard says that newbuild number 118 has arrived from Turkey at the yard in Leirvik, being the first of two vessels that will be outfitted to provide service and maintenance for offshore wind power installations. After a month on tow from Turkey, where the hull was built


The Switch Wins Repeat PM Shaft Generator Order

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The Switch, a supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet (PM) generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other renewable energy applications, has received repeat PM shaft generator orders from WE Tech Solutions of Finland, a customer in the marine sector.


BOEM to Modernize Financial Assurance and Risk Management

Walter Cruickshank, Ph.D., Acting Director

  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on Risk Management, Financial Assurance, and Loss Prevention to seek public input as it considers modernizing its risk management program and bonding regulations for offshore oil and


First ‘round 3’ Wind Turbine Installed at Westermost Rough

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  The UK’s first commercial 6 megawatt (MW) wind turbine has been installed at the Westermost Rough wind farm, in a new landmark for renewable energy. The next generation machine, designed by Siemens and erected by DONG Energy, is the first of 35 at the 210MW North Sea project.


Blue Star Ferries & Eco Marine Launch Renewable Energy Project

A project to jointly deploy and evaluate with Blue Star Ferries of Greece

  Eco Marine Power announced today that it has begun a project to jointly deploy and evaluate with Blue Star Ferries of Greece, a range of innovative renewable energy related technologies for shipping including the Aquarius Management and Automation System (MAS) with an integrated marine


First Panels Installed at Australia’s Biggest Solar Plant

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency today celebrated a major milestone with the installation of the first solar panels at AGL’s large-scale solar plant in Nyngan, NSW. ARENA’s CEO Ivor Frischknecht joined federal and state officials, key stakeholders


BOEM to Gather Data on Potential Oil & Gas Areas

  As part of its commitment to a regionally tailored approach to safe and responsible domestic energy production, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today issued a Call for Information and Nominations for potential Oil and Gas Lease Sale 242


NJ Congressmen Supports Offshore Wind Proposal

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Congressman Frank Pallone has issued the following statement in response to the Department of the Interior’s announcement of the proposed lease sale for nearly 344,000 acres off of the New Jersey coast for commercial wind energy development


ABB Wins $35 mln HVDC Upgrade Order in Canada

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ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth about $35 million from Hydro-Québec to upgrade the 350 megawatt (MW) Madawaska high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link, that connects the grids of New Brunswick and Hydro Québec in southeast


TerraSond Gets 5-Year NOAA Survey Contract

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TerraSond says it has been selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide hydrographic surveying services anywhere in the U.S under a new five-year contract. Under the new contract beginning in 2015, TerraSond will provide comprehensive


Wind Energy Components Bound for Duluth Port

Arrival of the BBC Peter Roenna in the harbor this morning (Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge in background)

Minnesota Power and the Duluth Port said they will reach a milestone this weekend when the 15th ship bearing wind generation equipment destined for Minnesota Power’s growing renewable energy installation in North Dakota sails into the harbor beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge.






 
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