DOE announces $28 million in wind energy research funding

Deepwater Wind's Block Island Wind Farm is the first commercial wind energy project inU.S. waters. Department of Energy photo.

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $28.1 million in funding aimed at advancing wind energy nationwide across the land-based, offshore, and distributed wind sectors. This includes up to $22 million for offshore wind energy research.

While utility-scale wind energy in the U.S. has grown to 90 gigawatts, significant opportunities for cost reductions remain, especially in the areas of offshore wind, distributed wind, and tall wind.

“Wind power is an important part of America’s...

https://www.workboat.com/news/offshore/doe-announces-28-million-in-wind-energy-research-funding/

Australia wins exploration licence for first offshore wind project

The Australian Government approved a deed of licence, allowing Offshore Energy Pty Ltd (OEPL) to undertake resource exploration for the Star of the South, the country’s first offshore wind farm.

Mainly, the licence will enable the developer to explore in Commonwealth waters about eight to 13 kilometres off the Gippsland coast in Victoria, on an area covering 574km2.

This licence allows OEPL to conduct activities to assess wind resources and seabed conditions, in order to understand if an offshore...

https://safety4sea.com/australia-wins-exploration-licence-for-first-offshore-wind-project/

Oregon governor signs offshore drilling ban into law

US Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 256 into law, creating a new line of defense against offshore oil and gas drilling. The bipartisan bill makes permanent a moratorium on oil and gas leasing in Oregon’s Territorial Sea that had been set to expire in 2020.

The federal government’s proposal to open most American waters to offshore drilling would have opened our shores, our wildlife, our communities, and our economy to the threat of devastation from an oil spill. It was a move that...

https://safety4sea.com/oregon-governor-signs-offshore-drilling-ban-into-law/

New project seeks to protect wind turbines from extreme weather

DNV GL has called on wind industry stakeholders to join a new Joint Industry Project (JIP) to mutually develop a new guideline to alleviate wind turbine structures from the impacts of cyclones and earthquakes. The ACE Joint Industry Project aims to bring more transparency and reduce uncertainty in the design of offshore wind turbines.

Namely, the ACE (Alleviating Cyclone and Earthquake Challenges for Wind farms) Joint Industry Project is aiming to gather experiences from cross-industry players...

https://safety4sea.com/new-project-seeks-to-protect-wind-turbines-from-extreme-weather/

Offshore wind hits milestone in UK

Offshore wind generation in the UK increased by 28% during 2018, resulting to a record-breaking 8% for UK’s electricity, as reported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Mainly, UK’s offshore wind capacity rose by 1.2GW. The increase was due to large projects opening or being expanded, such as the 659MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm.

Moreover, offshore wind turbines produced 26.7TWh in 2018, contributing to the total renewable energy record production of...

https://safety4sea.com/offshore-wind-hits-milestone-in-uk/

Maryland lawmakers introduce bill for offshore wind boost

US legislators from the state of Maryland have introduced a bill that would allow at least 1,200MW of additional offshore wind capacity to be built by 2030. If passed, the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019 (S.B. 516) would require 50% of energy supply to come from renewable energy sources by 2030, doubling the current renewable portfolio standard (RPS) targets.

Specifically, new offshore wind capacity is required to begin with the minimum of 400MW, increasing to at least 800MW in 2028 and...

https://safety4sea.com/maryland-lawmakers-introduce-bill-for-offshore-wind-boost/

CONTROVERSY Colombian Military was Wounded after Attack from Venezuela, According to the Navy

A Marine was wounded after an attack with explosives and shots fired from Venezuela against the military in the border department of Arauca, the Ministry of Defense reported on Wednesday, March 27.

During surveillance operations on the Arauca river, Armada troops were attacked “by launching five improvised explosive devices and firing with firearms,” ​​the ministry said in a statement.

Rear Admiral César Pineda, commander of the Naval Force of the East, assured the media that the fluvial control...

http://www.maritimeherald.com/2019/controversy-colombian-military-was-wounded-after-attack-from-venezuela-according-to-the-navy/

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