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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. 


Bennett Named BOEM’s Chief for OREP

Jim Bennett (Photo: BOEM)

New leadership for BOEM’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced James (Jim) F. Bennett as BOEM’s new Chief for the Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP), the program responsible for overseeing offshore renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf.   Bennett has 35 years of Federal service and has served in a variety of capacities around the Department of the


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

Photo credit HR Wallingford

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


ABB Inverters Connect Malaysia’s Largest Solar Plant to Grid

Latest range of inverters will increase renewables’ significance in Malaysia‘s energy mix

   ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has delivered and commissioned key components to integrate renewable energy from Amcorp Power Sdn Bhd’s Gemas 10.25 Megawatt (MW) Solar Power Plant into Malaysia’s electric grid as the country seeks to intensify its reliance on emission-free energy sources. Amcorp Power’s solar plant located in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan, about 100 miles from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur


GDF Suez to Boost Focus on Marine Energy

French utility GDF Suez aims to double its power generation capacity from renewable energy in Europe between 2015 and 2025 and will focus in particular on marine energies, the company said on Tuesday.   GDF Suez, with Spain's Iberdrola and Italy's Enel , is one of the industry leaders in renewable energy investment and has made Europe's energy transition the key plank of its European investment strategy.  


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.


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


Aquarius MAS with Marine Solar Power Installed on Delos

Aquarius MAS CPUAGU being installed on Delos

 Eco Marine Power together with strategic partners has installed an Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) integrated with a marine solar panel array on-board the Blue Star 'Delos'. The Aquarius MAS has been installed as part of a joint renewable energy project with Blue Star Ferries and the approximately 2kW trial solar array on-board the vessel is now in operation and providing a source of renewable energy for the ship.


Italians Go to polls for Drilling Referendum

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi Photo MatteoRenzi website

Italy went to the polls on Sunday for a referendum on off-shore oil and gas drilling rights, a complex issue that the government hopes voters will shun. For the ballot to be valid, more than 50 percent of the Italian electorate must vote and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has urged people to stay


Statoil Buys Half Arkona Offshore Wind Farm Stakes

Illustration from the Amrumbank West Wind Farm. (Photo E.ON)

Statoil today enters the German offshore wind market, through a 50% acquisition of the Arkona offshore wind farm. Statoil and E.ON also announced the final investment decision on the 385 megawatt project. The estimated total investment for the project will be in excess of EUR 1.2 billion.


Ulstein Verft's First Wind Service Vessel Launched

(Photo: Ulstein Group/Marius Beck Dahle)

Shipbuilder Ulstein Verft has launched its first vessel within the renewable energy segment, and also the first with the newly-developed X-STERN hull line design.   The service operation vessel (SOV) for the offshore wind industry is one of two being constructed for Bernhard Schulte Offshore


Olympic Subsea Vessel Bags Contract

Olympic Delta. Photo by Olympic Shipping AS

 Olympic Shipping has secured a contract for Olympic Delta, an inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) vessel, with an international client  to work on a renewable energy project.    The vessel, with the length of 92.55 meters, will be employed in the renewable energy sector


SunEdison Restrained from 'Unusual' Asset Transfers

Solar company SunEdison Inc said a U.S. court has restrained the company from making any unusual asset transfers until a hearing in a lawsuit brought on by investors of renewable energy company Latin American Power.   SunEdison's shares fell as much as 33 percent to $1


UN's Climate Chief Figueres to Quit

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is stepping down. (Photo: UN Photo/Sarah Fretwell)

The U.N.'s climate chief said on Friday she will step down in July, at the end of a six-year term, and praised governments for reaching a 195-nation deal in Paris in December to shift the world economy from fossil fuels to cleaner energies.  


Largest Investment in Dundee Port

New quayside to prepare port for North Sea oil & gas Courtesy Port of Dundee

Forth Ports Limited announced today that it plans to make the largest investment in the history of the Port of Dundee. The port owner is to invest more than £10 million to create a new quayside with an industry-leading “heavy lift” capability


First Wind Turbine Installed at Gemini Offshore Wind Park

Yno 309 is currently under construction at Ulstein Verft (Photo: Ulstein)

 The first wind turbine has been installed at the Gemini offshore wind park, off the coast of the Netherlands. The wind park will be completed in 2017, and will supply 785,000 households with renewable energy. The SOV, Yno 309, currently under construction at Ulstein Verft


South Carolina Ports to Harness Solar Power

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced plans to bring solar power to the Wando Welch and Columbus Street terminals, making SCPA the largest rooftop solar host in the state.   Two solar panel arrays generating 3.7 total megawatts of electricity will be installed on warehouse


Statoil Debuts Batwind

Signing of the Batwind MoU. Photo Statoil

A new battery storage solution for offshore wind energy will be piloted in the world’s first floating wind farm, the Hywind pilot park off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Batwind will be developed in co-operation with Scottish universities and suppliers


BOEM Approves Virginia’s Offshore Wind Research

Plan makes way for first wind energy research facility in federal waters   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


SENER Names Jiménez Financial, Administrative Director

Manuel Jiménez (Photo: SENER)

 Engineering and technology group SENER has appointed Manuel Jiménez as the new Financial and Administrative Director of SENER’s Engineering and Construction Division, replacing José Luis Anzola, who has held the position of Corporate Chief Financial Officer of the SENER


ABB to Link Offshore Wind Farm to UK Grid

Image - Hornsea Project One Courtesy ABB

High-voltage cable system to enable renewable energy supply from Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm to around one million households     ABB has won an order worth more than $250 million from the Danish energy company DONG Energy to deliver a 220-kilovolt (kV) high-voltage


Hydro Group Shortlisted for Made in Scotland Awards

Doug Whyte, managing director Photo Hydro Group

Aberdeen-headquarted, Hydro Group plc is recognised as a finalist at the 2016 Made in Scotland Awards for the categories Manufacturer of the Year and Exporter of the Year.   The subsea cable and connector specialist is at the forefront in the development and innovation of subsea product


Production of First EnergySail Begins

Impression of EnergySail Array on Naval Vessel or Survey Ship Image courtesy EMP

Automated rigid sail set to bring back wind-assisted propulsion for shipping. Onomichi, Japan – 8th April 2016 – In another important step towards bringing its rigid sail technology onto ships Eco Marine Power (EMP) has commenced work on the production of an EnergySail in Onomichi






 
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