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August 21, 2014

N.J. appellate court orders state regulators to reconsider rejected offshore wind farm project

By Alexi Friedman, Newark Star-Ledger   •    •  Posted 2014-08-21 06:32:51

A New Jersey appellate court has ordered the state Board of Public Utilities to take another look at an application seeking to build a $188 million demonstration wind farm off the Atlantic City coast, a proposal the BPU rejected in March. The coalition of developers that is proposing the wind farm, called Fishermen’s Energy, filed the appeal. The group had asked that the BPU reconsider its decision after the U.S. Department of Energy in May awarded $47 million toward the project’s construction, calling it “pioneering.” [ read more … ]

Md. offshore wind auction rakes in $8.7M

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-21 06:33:26

The Interior Department’s third auction of acreage for offshore wind development was dubbed a resounding success by the federal agency, drawing a final bid of $8,701,098 for two lease areas totaling nearly 80,000 acres near Ocean City, Md. This result far outstrips the winning bids during the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s first two offshore wind energy area auctions; the first, for ocean area near Rhode Island and Massachusetts, resulted in a final bid of $3.8 million, and the second, for ocean area near Virginia, garnered $1.6 million. [ read more … ]

Calif. takes a crack at climate’s effects — but first, a definition of success

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-21 06:33:42

California has been trying to mitigate climate change for more than a decade now but is just now getting down to business on dealing with its impacts. At the state’s first-ever adaptation forum this week, experts ruminated on the meaning and utility of terms like “resiliency” and “readiness,” as well as “adaptation” itself, to refer to measures taken in response to the rising seas, fiercer storms, more-frequent wildfires and other phenomena expected to intensify as greenhouse gas levels rise. [ read more … ]

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