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Wind power to reach 47 gigawatts in 2014 – G.W.E.C.

Wind power to reach 47 gigawatts in 2014 – G.W.E.C.

The wind market is expected to reach installations of at least 47 gigawatts in 2...

Floating tidal current turbines to be installed in Canadian waters

Floating tidal current turbines to be installed in Canadian waters

Siemens business Marine Current Turbines Ltd., Bluewater Energy Services B.V., a...

Smog causes partial car ban in Paris – But is the Diesel Industry to blame?

Smog causes partial car ban in Paris – But is the Diesel Industry to blame?

There’s a choking, Beijingian smog hanging over Parisian skies. Warm, still cond...

Climate change is happening, affecting all areas of the globe – I.P.C.C.

Climate change is happening, affecting all areas of the globe – I.P.C.C.

The effect of climate change is already being felt worldwide, according the Inte...

Hong Kong extends its registration tax exemption for E.V.s

Hong Kong extends its registration tax exemption for E.V.s

Hong Kong has passed a resolution that will extend its first registration tax ex...

Make a green choice by purchasing eco-clothing for your kids

Make a green choice by purchasing eco-clothing for your kids

There are several benefits of organic kid’s clothing. As people are becoming env...

Restoring the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay

Restoring the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is America’s largest estuary, which is a body of water that l...

Business

Smog causes partial car ban in Paris – But is the Diesel Industry to blame?

Smog causes partial car ban in Paris – But is the Diesel Industry to blame?

Monday, 07 April 2014

There’s a choking, Beijingian smog hanging over Parisian skies. Warm, still conditions have caused car fumes and chemicals to collect above the city a...

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Technology

New ceramic material developed for hydrogen storage

New ceramic material developed for hydrogen storage

Thursday, 24 April 2014

A new ceramic material developed by engineers at the University of California, San Diego, has been demonstrated to be able to store and release hydrog...

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Politics

More time needed for a decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

More time needed for a decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

Thursday, 24 April 2014

The United States Department of State will be extending its decision-making period on the submission of their views on the proposed Keystone Pipeline ...

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Living Green

Good cooperation between animals and humans can save the environment

Good cooperation between animals and humans can save the environment

Monday, 21 April 2014

Even though humans are regarded as the most intelligent beings of the lot, recent researches show that, without the help of some particular animals, i...

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Renewables

Low-Carbon

Five ways to make your business more energy efficient

Five ways to make your business more energy efficient

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Reducing your energy bills is one of the easiest ways to drastically cut your business's operating costs and look after your bottom line. Not only tha...

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Opinion

Restoring the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay

Restoring the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay

Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Chesapeake Bay is America’s largest estuary, which is a body of water that links rivers to the sea and acts as a bridge between freshwater and sal...

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U.S. D.O.I. says mid-Atlantic wind leases environmentally safe

 

 

 

The United States Department of the Interior said opening up the mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf area for renewable energy projects will not have significant negative impacts - a finding allowing the agency to move forward with issuing leases for the said resource-rich areas.

 

Last week, the agency said a comprehensive environmental assessment of the resource found that there would be no significant environmental and socioeconomic impacts from issuing wind energy leases in designated areas off the mid-Atlantic coast.

 

The environmental review was done by the department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management headed by Tommy P. Beaudreau, observing provisions stated in the National Environmental Policy Act.

 

This finding now allows the Interior Department to issue wind energy lease sales off Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware.

 

According to the agency, it prepared an environmental assessment of the potential impacts of issuing renewable energy leases and possible consequences associated with site characterization activities.

 

The latter can refer to geophysical, geotechnical, archeological and biological surveys in sites off Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware, places said to be wind energy-rich.

 

"The environmental assessment also considered potential environmental impacts associated with site assessment activities, such as the installation and operation of meteorological towers and buoys on leases that may be issued in these areas," the department's statement read.

 

Special lease form

 

Alongside the release of the environmental assessment, the department made available a lease form, reportedly the first of its kind, that will streamline the issuance of renewable energy leases on the Outer Continental Shelf.

 

This form (available here) will provide access rights to renewable energy resources in the said areas.

 

The ocean energy management bureau also published Calls for Information and Nominations for Maryland and Virginia to solicit lease nominations from industry and request public comments regarding site conditions, resources and multiple uses of the wind energy areas.

 

"Today's announcement opens up the 'sweet spots' off the mid-Atlantic coast for development of our nation's remarkable offshore wind resource," said deputy secretary of the interior David J. Hayes.

 

The environmental assessment is part of the Smart from the Start "wind energy initiative" began in November, 2010 for the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf by the Interior Department to facilitate the siting, leasing and construction of new projects (See EcoSeed's story here).– Eric Dorente



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