The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has closed the second public comment period on Orsted's proposal to connect its offshore wind farm slated for Maryland's coast to a state park in Delaware on Tuesday and will now review the 2,319 responses before making recommendations. Separately, the Maryland Public Service Commission will convene Saturday to consider a proposal that would allow two offshore wind projects to feature turbines 200 feet taller than previously anticipated.
The contractor hired by SSE Renewables and Equinor to complete the land-based infrastructure needed for the 3.6-gigawatt Dogger Bank offshore wind farm has broken ground on the project. The project is expected to be the largest offshore wind farm in the world when it's completed.
GE Renewable Energy's Grid Solutions will lay the groundwork for the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm in Scotland by supplying and installing all of its land-based and offshore substation infrastructure. The project is expected to launch in 2023.
White County, Ind., is the perfect place for wind development because local leaders and residents support projects and it has excellent wind resources, says EDP Renewables Executive Vice President Ryan Brown. "The land use is primarily agriculture and so it's a good land use for wind development to coincide with agriculture where people could continue to farm their farm fields just like they did before our wind farms; just now they have a steady revenue stream from the wind farms in lease payments," he says.
The administration of Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont needs to be more transparent regarding a memorandum of understanding between the state and Orsted and Eversource that could see $55 million invested in the State Pier to make it a hub for offshore wind development, writes the editorial board of The Day. The project is a huge opportunity for the state and a lack of transparency creates mistrust, it writes.
The Gage County Planning and Zoning Office is reviewing Prairie Wind Watchers' request to update its rules for wind development, but has yet to unveil any potential changes. The group is seeking stronger setback distances for turbines and a change in how the county calculates decibel levels for turbine sound.
SoulBuffalo has launched the Ocean Plastics Leadership Network to take a science- and innovation-based approach to curbing marine debris, and the American Chemistry Council, Dow and Closed Loop Partners are among its initial members. The group's projects include a Zero Plastic Waste Communities initiative to eliminate waste in three Indian cities and the Waste Picker Collaborative, designed to help companies source recycled materials from developing nations.
The Environmental Protection Agency has removed a section inquiring about the possible use of low volumes of ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment from the final version of its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking. The removal comes after the FDA asserted jurisdiction over use of the sterilizer at medical device sterilization plants.
The Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board will begin hosting public information sessions on Friday to discuss four draft proposals that could affect rollbacks in process at the EPA. The draft reports call on the EPA to revise its science in rulemaking rule and update the Waters of the US rule.
Republican lawmakers a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing on Wednesday stressed the use of nuclear power to combat climate change. "Nuclear may be the only way that we can get off of the dependence on fossil fuels because obviously renewables don't seem to cut the mustard," said Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas.