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January 16, 2012 | Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY - The company planning to build what could be the nation's first offshore wind farm says it's ready to start construction on the multimillion-dollar project as soon as New Jersey officials give their approval. Fishermen's Energy of Cape May wants to build the wind farm about 2.8 miles off Atlantic City. It plans to erect five wind turbines that would produce up to 25 megawatts, capable of powering about 10,000 homes. The company says it hopes the state Board of Public Utilities will issue a decision on its proposal by March.
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April 15, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NORTH EAST, Pa. - Some northwestern Pennsylvania residents want limits placed on the size of wind turbines that can be built in their area and a ban on commercial windmills within a mile of any neighborhood. Neighbors For A Responsible North East also wants a requirement that developers set aside money to cover any depreciation in private property after a wind farm is built and the cost to remove nonfunctional turbines, the Erie Times-News said. One of the organizers, Paul Crowe, said members are trying to spread the word about plans to build a commercial wind farm in North East Township before any ordinances are considered.
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May 27, 2011 | By Aaron Nathans, WILMINGTON NEWS-JOURNAL
LEWES, Del. - NRG Bluewater Wind is delaying construction of a meteorological tower off Delaware's coast, saying its planned offshore wind farm is endangered by cuts in federal support for renewable energy. Some interpreted NRG's statement as a sign the firm's commitment to build the wind farm is wavering, although company officials said the move to delay erecting the tower to gather weather data is just a slowdown. The planned wind farm would put 49 to 150 turbines about 13 miles off the Delaware coast to generate up to 200 megawatts of electricity.
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June 18, 2010 | By Chelsea Conaboy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Developing wind turbines off New Jersey's coast would have a "negligible" impact on the environment, according to preliminary results of a two-year study released Friday by the state Department of Environmental Protection. "We now have the science and data needed to take the first steps toward making wind energy projects a reality for New Jersey," Commissioner Bob Martin said in a written statement. Officials said the $7 million study, meant to provide a scientific baseline to direct planning for the turbines, should serve as a model for other states.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gamesa Technology Corp., the Spanish wind-turbine maker with U.S. headquarters in Trevose, said it has sold 10 of its new high-capacity turbines to its first U.S. customer, the Big Turtle Wind Farm near Harbor Beach, Mich. Gamesa said the G114-2.0 megawatt wind turbines, which have a rotor diameter of 114 meters or 374 feet, are designed to significantly increase energy output from low- and medium-wind sites. The new turbine has a 38 percent larger swept area than Gamesa's 97-meter turbine.
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February 29, 2012 | By Tom Johnson, NJ SPOTLIGHT
For the second time this month, a consultant retained by New Jersey has determined that a wind farm proposed for three miles off the coast from Atlantic City has failed to justify the economic benefits of moving forward. The findings place big hurdles in front of the Fishermen's Atlantic City wind farm, the most advanced of several offshore projects vying to build wind turbines to produce pollution-free electricity along the coast of New Jersey. Perhaps more important is that the report seems to reinforce a commitment made by the Christie administration that any offshore wind farm project financed with subsidies from electric and gas customers must produce "a net economic benefit" - a barrier proving difficult to surmount.
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May 9, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposal to build an offshore wind farm about three miles east of Atlantic City could be back in the race to become the nation's first. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that the New Jersey project would receive up to $47 million in funding over the next four years - a quarter of the $188 million plan. Financial feasibility had been the main issue when, in March, the state Board of Public Utilities rejected the plan. Fishermen's Energy asked for a reconsideration, which was rejected in late April.
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October 4, 2008 | By Sandy Bauers INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Jersey's first offshore wind farm took another step forward yesterday when a state agency awarded a $4 million grant to Garden State Offshore Energy to build a facility that, at its closest point to land, would be 16 1/2 miles off Ocean City. The company, a joint venture of PSEG Renewable Generation and the Hoboken-based Deepwater Wind, was selected from among five applicants that responded to a solicitation from the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) last fall. The project, expected to cost the firms about $1 billion, calls for a grid of 96 turbines to generate 350 megawatts of power - enough juice for 125,000 homes.
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August 5, 2003 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It is midafternoon on a hot and lazy weekday. Boston native Jim Gordon is standing on a cobblestone street, talking in low and measured tones about the crisp, clean beauty of wind. The dream, he says, is to power this wealthy island, along with Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod, almost exclusively with wind-generated electricity. There will be a wind farm, he says, with tall, graceful turbines. A well-dressed older man strolling by slows down to listen - and in a booming voice offers Gordon this unsolicited advice: "Go to New York and sell your fans!
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February 26, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
How many tourists would travel to Atlantic City to view the nation's first offshore wind farm? Fishermen's Energy, which has proposed building five giant turbines about 2.8 miles off the resort city's beaches, estimates 4.5 million people a year would visit the site, according to a consultant's report that recommends the state should turn down the project because it is too costly. Fishermen's Atlantic City Windfarm anticipates more visitors each year than the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., the Washington Monument, or the Museum of Modern Art in New York, according to a derisive analysis by Acadian Consulting Group that was commissioned by the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel, the state's ratepayer advocate.
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January 27, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Scientists who tested a floating windmill off the coast of Maine a year ago have gathered enough data to build a full-size model that can be moved to take advantage of high winds. The U.S. Department of Energy is using lasers attached to buoys to measure wind speeds at differing altitudes off the coast of Virginia Beach to learn how cost-effective it would be to harness the higher winds above sea level to power wind turbines. Meanwhile, construction of the nation's first offshore wind farm may begin this year off Rhode Island.
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May 9, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposal to build an offshore wind farm about three miles east of Atlantic City could be back in the race to become the nation's first. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that the New Jersey project would receive up to $47 million in funding over the next four years - a quarter of the $188 million plan. Financial feasibility had been the main issue when, in March, the state Board of Public Utilities rejected the plan. Fishermen's Energy asked for a reconsideration, which was rejected in late April.
NEWS
April 23, 2014 | BY JOHN M. CRISP
HERE'S A LOCAL story with national implications: With an average wind speed of around 12 mph, the city where I live isn't the windiest place in the country. But on many days - especially during spring and the long, hot summer - a strong, steady flow off the Gulf of Mexico makes Corpus Christi, Texas, a dependable destination for windsurfers and sailors. The energy in wind is impressive. Thus, the last half-decade has seen significant development of wind farms in the area, including the 168-turbine Penascal complex, 40 miles south of the city, and 196 turbines at the Papalote Creek installation to the north, which produces enough energy to supply 114,000 homes.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
As business leaders and members of a congressional task force on climate change met in Washington on Thursday to discuss how they were adapting, the Ikea Group trumped them by announcing a new renewable-energy project, its biggest worldwide. Rob Olson, chief financial officer and acting president of Ikea's U.S. division, based in Conshohocken, said the company was investing in a wind farm in Hoopeston, Ill., south of Chicago. It is the company's first wind farm, to be completed in 2015.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey's energy regulation agency on Wednesday rejected the funding mechanism for a $188 million offshore wind farm, essentially blocking a proposal that supporters said could have made the state a leader in offshore wind. At a meeting Wednesday in Trenton, the four commissioners of the state Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously, in support of board staff's recommendation, to reject the proposal. The funding was the final necessary piece of the proposed Atlantic City Offshore Windfarm project, developer Fishermen's Energy said.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wind turbines have been lauded as carbon-free energy sources, and denounced as whirring monsters that kill birds, bats, and scenic views. The twain have yet to meet. But what if wind energy could do more than just crank out electricity? What if it could blow away Mother Nature with a massive offshore array of turbines powerful enough to blunt the force of hurricanes? Researchers from the University of Delaware and Stanford University have concluded it is possible. Their computer model showed that a large wind farm off the East Coast could have have reduced the wind speed of Hurricane Sandy about 80 m.p.h., and lessened the storm surge - the flooding that ruined so many homes and businesses - up to 21 percent.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a key wind-energy tax credit set to expire Wednesday, Gamesa Technology Corp., the Spanish-based wind-turbine company with operations in Bucks County, said Thursday that it had signed a "framework agreement" with EDP Renewables to produce up to 225 of its latest generation of turbines through 2016. Gamesa issued a statement saying this was the largest such agreement for its G114-2.0 Megawatt turbines. Such turbines, which cost about $2 million apiece early in 2013, are the size of a cargo container and are hoisted atop towers to produce energy from the turning blades of a windmill.
NEWS
December 23, 2013
Wind in the forecast Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) and environmentalists recently spoke out about New Jersey's failing to get a head of the curve on wind energy. Despite the state Board of Public Utilitities' opposition to a wind farm off the coast of Atlantic City, and delays by the Christie administration, it's a false argument that we have to protect the environment over jobs, or sacrifice the environment to create jobs. Offshore wind generation creates jobs while also providing the most clean, environmentally safe kind of energy possible.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Sierra Club launched an ad campaign Monday aimed at pressuring Gov. Christie into making building offshore wind farms a priority. The ad blitz - including messages on billboards on major highways and in some of the state's largest newspapers - came as a new poll showed broad support among New Jerseyans for public investment in renewable energy sources, including offshore wind farms. "I join the majority of New Jerseyans calling on Gov. Christie to make our state a leader in clean, renewable offshore wind power," Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement Monday.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gamesa Technology Corp., the Spanish wind-turbine maker with U.S. headquarters in Trevose, said it has sold 10 of its new high-capacity turbines to its first U.S. customer, the Big Turtle Wind Farm near Harbor Beach, Mich. Gamesa said the G114-2.0 megawatt wind turbines, which have a rotor diameter of 114 meters or 374 feet, are designed to significantly increase energy output from low- and medium-wind sites. The new turbine has a 38 percent larger swept area than Gamesa's 97-meter turbine.
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