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  1. Wind Power: APNewsBreak: Fishing groups seek Atlantic wind farm delay

      MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Commercial fishing companies, trade groups and three fishing-based municipalities are seeking to delay the lease sale of an Atlantic Ocean site between New York and New Jersey that federal officials envision as the home of a massive offshore wind energy project . The Associated Press obtained a copy of a 45-page motion ahead of its filing Thursday in federal court in Washington, D.C. It seeks a temporary restraining order halting the Dec. 15 lease sale. Those seeking a delay include groups representing scallop and squid fishermen, the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association and the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The motion seeks to delay the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's plans for developers to build a 127-square-mile, 194-turbine offshore wind farm. The United States still has no offshore wind projects online, though BOEM has awarded 11 commercial offshore wind leases for sites in the Atlantic. Some major projects have been delayed by political opposition. A BOEM spokeswoman said the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation. The country's first offshore wind farm , a tiny project off Rhode Island with just a few turbines, is expected to debut this month. The court motion argues that BOEM failed to consider alternative sites and contends that besides negative impacts on scallop and squid fishing, others who harvest fish species including summer flounder, mackerel, black sea bass and monkfish also would be negatively affected. When it announced final plans for the lease sale earlier this fall, BOEM said it had removed about 1,780 acres from the initial proposal because of environmental concerns. The plaintiffs referred to that as a "diminutive change" in their motion. The fishing groups said they aren't opposed to wind farms. But they argue that site alternatives weren't considered and that conducting site analysis after a lease sale is completed will be too late. "BOEM must carry out the proper analysis prior to officially leasing out areas to companies for construction, due to the importance of this fishery area," said James Gutowski, president of the Fisheries Survival Fund, who is a scallop fisherman from Barnegat Light, New Jersey; the group is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. "It must adequately and accurately characterize the potential impacts to the industry from construction on this site," Gutowski said. If the lease sale proceeds as scheduled, "the site encompassing historical fishing grounds, as well as fish and protected species habitat, will become irreparably encumbered by ... development rights," the motion argued. "The loss of these grounds to the fishermen, and this habitat for scallops, squid, fish, protected species, and other living marine resources, yields both great and actual harm." Other plaintiffs in the motion included squid fishing processing companies; the town of Narragansett, Rhode Island; the borough of Barnegat Light, New Jersey; and the Garden State Seafood Association. A hearing on the motion was expected in coming days. The proposed wind energy project begins about 11 miles south of Long Island's popular Jones Beach and spreads out across an area sandwiched between major shipping lanes, where trawlers harvest at least $3.3 million worth of sea scallops each year, as well as smaller amounts of mackerel, squid and other species, according to a BOEM study. U.S. officials have been reviewing plans for a wind farm in New York's coastal waters since 2011. A dozen private companies have registered to bid in the auction, as well as the state of New York's Energy Research Development Agency. The agency says if it wins, it will facilitate development studies and analysis and arrange power purchase agreements, steps that are expected to save money for any company that eventually builds and operates the wind farm.

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  2. E.On to build Texas wind farm

    Bruenning’s Breeze to go into operation at the end of next year

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  3. Wind Power: Big Wyoming wind project closing in on federal eagle permit

    One of the biggest wind energy projects under development in the U.S. got closer Thursday to securing a federal permit to kill a limited number of eagles without facing the prospect of a penalty.

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    Sat, 10 Dec 2016

  4. China General Nuclear buys 14 Irish wind power plants

    The renewable arm of the China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) has acquired 14 Irish wind energy plants from Gaelectric.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  1. UK windpower breaks 10 GW barrier

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  2. Interstate Power and Light to secure 99 MW wind farm in Iowa

    IPL, a regulated utility, and HEG, an independent power producer, are both subsidiaries of Alliant Energy

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  3. Interstate Power and Light to Secure 99-MW Franklin County Wind Farm in Iowa

    Following completion of the transaction, IPL will add Franklin County to its fleet of generating facilities.

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  4. Wind Power: 1st US offshore wind farm to begin production within days

    There has been a hiccup at the nation's first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power.

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    Tue, 6 Dec 2016

  5. First U.S. offshore wind farm to begin production

    Deepwater Wind planned to open the wind farm last month, but said it was still finalizing approvals

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    Fri, 2 Dec 2016

  6. Deepwater Wind seeks Maryland OK for offshore wind project

    This is the second application for an offshore wind project in Maryland

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    Mon, 5 Dec 2016

  7. sPower to Develop 49.5 MW of Wind Power in Silicon Valley

    The future Sand Hill Wind facility will be constructed within the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area, and consist of 25 turbines.

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    Tue, 6 Dec 2016

  8. Construction equipment: All-terrain cranes

    Utility vehicles: ALL invests in new Liebherr all-terrain cranes ahead of their U.S. debut. LTM 1450-8.1 to be unveiled at spring CONEXPO Show.

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

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