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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $700,000 in Funding for Offshore Wind Research Projects

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Creator/Author: 
Catherine Williams
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The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $700,000 in funding for nine academic and research institutions across Massachusetts to advance studies relating to offshore wind development, building on the Commonwealth’s existing nation-leading offshore wind innovation activities. The funding will support three offshore wind research projects to identify industry workforce training and safety requirements; establish a multi-university partnership focused on innovation and driving down costs; and develop a new technique to monitor the structural health of wind blades. http://www.masscec.com/about-masscec/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-700000-funding-offshore-wind-research

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$700,000 in Funding for Offshore Wind Research Projects

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Creator/Author: 
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Description: 

A press release announced that the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center awarded $700,000 to nine Massachusetts academic and research institutions for studies related to offshore wind development. "The funding will support three offshore wind research projects to identify industry workforce training and safety requirements; establish a multi-university partnership focused on innovation and driving down costs; and develop a new technique to monitor the structural health of wind blades."

This document is on the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center website at: http://www.masscec.com/about-masscec/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-700000-funding-offshore-wind-research

Publication Date: 
Friday, August 26, 2016
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NYSERDA RFI on MetOcean Plan

Source/Sponsor: 
State of New York
Creator/Author: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
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The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to gather feedback from offshore wind energy developers, consultants, financiers, scientists, regulators and other stakeholders on the draft MetOcean Plan (www.nyserda.ny.gov/offshorewind) developed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). NYSERDA intends to implement the final MetOcean Plan in 2017 to support and facilitate the development of the New York Wind Energy Area (WEA) identified by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), south of Long Island’s Rockaway Peninsula, off the coast of New York.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
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BOEM Approves Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project

Source/Sponsor: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Description: 
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, today the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced its approval of the first wind energy Research Activities Plan (RAP) for a facility to be located in U.S. federal waters.
 
Last year, BOEM awarded a research lease to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) on the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Virginia. Today’s action clears the way for the installation and operation of two 6-megawatt (MW) turbines and associated cabling to shore, pending final engineering review of the project. The electricity generated by these turbines could power 3,000 homes. 
 
More information about the project can be found at www.boem.gov/VOWTAP/.
 
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Thursday, March 24, 2016
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New York Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Study

Source/Sponsor: 
Special Initiative on Offshore Wind
Creator/Author: 
Stephanie McClellan
Description: 

A new study, conducted by the University of Delaware's Special Initiative on Offshore Wind for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, offers a roadmap of key strategic steps New York State can take to reduce costs of offshore wind power over the next decade. The study finds that ongoing technology and industry advances combined with actions New York could take, independently or with other states, could lower costs for offshore wind power as much as 50 percent and bring the clean-energy source closer to realizing its potential for "delivering utility-scale renewable electric generation" to New York City and nearby areas such as Long Island.  

A primary conclusion from the report is that supporting offshore wind development at scale, rather than on a project-by-project basis, could have the greatest impact on reducing costs.  Other actions the report cites that could lower costs include creating and using innovative financing mechanisms, developing infrastructure to reduce costs, and supporting site characterization for early projects to reduce development expenses and risk.

The study notes that while onshore wind development has expanded rapidly in the U.S., no operational offshore wind power projects have been completed to date due to complex construction challenges and the need for operational infrastructure that doesn't exist today in the U.S.  These factors lead to high costs and have delayed deployment.

The study identifies multiple paths for reducing offshore wind power costs in New York State, emphasizing that the "State can take actions in the near term to lower its costs substantially, independent of expected external reductions over the next decade." The study finds that taking advantage of wind turbine innovations and other technology and industry advances could lower costs about 20 percent. Direct steps taken by New York State could contribute up to an additional 30 percent reduction in a project's cost.http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/File%20Library/About/SIOW/New-York-Offshore-Wind-Cost-Reduction-Study-ff8-2.pdf

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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Photo Presentation of the VolturnUS 1:8

Source/Sponsor: 
University of Maine
Creator/Author: 
University of Maine
Description: 

The VolturnUS 1:8 is the only offshore wind turbine currently connected to the US grid. It is a 1/8 scale demonstration of concept for a floating offshore wind turbine. This photo presentation follows the step-by-step process of construction and installation. 

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Thursday, June 13, 2013
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UMaine Unveils LIDAR system

Source/Sponsor: 
University of Maine
Creator/Author: 
Elizabeth Viselli
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The University of Maine unveiled a new floating LIDAR system to collect deepwater offshore wind data. This remote sensing technology will give a more accurate assesment of the wind resources available in the Gulf of Maine

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Friday, May 24, 2013
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Fact Sheet on Turbines for Block Island Wind Farm

Source/Sponsor: 
Alstom
Creator/Author: 
Alstom
Description: 

The Haliade 150 6 MW turbines from Alstom will be used for the Block Island Wind Farm. This fact sheet provides technical details on the turbine.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
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Recommended Practices for Design, Deployment, and Operation of Offshore Wind Turbines in the United States

Source/Sponsor: 
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
Creator/Author: 
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
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Recommended best practices address three major areas relevant to the offshore wind project approval process: 1) structural reliability; 2) manufacturing and fabrication, construction and installation, and qualification testing; and, 3) safety of equipment, operation and inspection, and decommissioning.

 
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Sunday, September 16, 2012
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The Economics of Making Offshore Wind a Reality in Virginia

Source/Sponsor: 
Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium (VCREC)
Creator/Author: 
Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium (VCREC)
Description: 

Overview of offshore wind cost of energy and opportunities for cost reduction.

 
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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