Posted on November 10, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Gannets in the English Channel could be affected by proposed offshore wind power developments. Photo courtesy NOAA.
Early data suggests proposed sites may interfere with foraging
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — University of Liverpool biologists say a slew of proposed new offshore wind power developments could affect the foraging behavior of northern gannets that nest on Alderney in the Channel Islands.
The tracking suggests that energy planners need to take a closer look at the proposed installations.
“We found that the area where the gannets traveled for food overlapped with nine sites earmarked for offshore marine energy developments which suggests that the feeding habits of these birds could be affected, as well as the potential for collision with wind turbine developments,” said Louise Soanes, with University of Liverpool’s School of Environmental Sciences. “These sites also fell across three different territorial waters in the UK, France and the Channel Islands,” which has implications for international collaboration and cooperation,” Soanes said. (more…)
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Posted on August 14, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Proposed facility off the coast of Maine could show feasibility of floating turbines
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Offshore wind power is already a significant part of the energy portfolio in countries like Denmark, Holland and Germany, and the U.S., with extensive areas of coastline, has the potential to become a major producer of offshore wind energy.
Developing the resource isn’t without challenges, as some communities have objected to the visual impacts of wind turbines near shorelines, and there are also concerns over impacts to wildlife, primarily birds. Infrastructure is another issue, as the offshore facilities require transmission lines to bring the power to shore.
On the positive side, offshore turbines could be sited near coastal urban areas with dense populations, where the energy is needed the most. But for now, many of those questions are still hypothetical, as offshore windpower is still in its infancy in this country.
That may start to change, however, as the Department of Interior starts to scrutinize a proposed project that could demonstrate floating offshore wind technology on the Outer Continental Shelf of the coast of Maine. (more…)
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Posted on November 29, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
The Obama administration, led by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, is making significant progress on developing renewable energy resources.
Renewable energy is in the news in a big way …
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The weekend Summit Voice stories tilted toward coverage of renewable energy topics, as we reported on a huge federal push to ease the way for offshore wind power development. Another story looked at the need to develop storage and transmission capacity for renewable energy.
In another big under-reported story, we looked at the settlement of a lawsuit involving billions of dollars of Native American money held in trust and improperly handled by federal officials.
Finally, in the weekend travel feature, we visit a national park in Austria, where we learn how mindful agriculture can help promote biodiversity. Click, read and share with the social media buttons at the end of each story.
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