Saturday, August 18, 2012

Internal Department review proposal to the first US floating wind turbine

Saturday, August 18, 2012
A Statoil Hywind turbine in place offshore. Credit card: Trude Refsahl, Statoil

The US Department of Interior (DOI) announced on 9 August that it will begin to build a proposal, what would be the nation's first floating wind farm check. DOI Bureau of ocean energy management (BOEM) is project forward with an assessment of the Statoil North America Hywind Maine. The planned wind farm is located about 500 meters deep approximately 12 nautical miles off the coast in the water, would a 12-megawatt capacity of four generators for wind turbines. The field the Statoil North America for a commercial wind lease approximately 22 square kilometres includes requested it expected the final Park, has, although the company States to closer to 4 km after determining its impact and wind environmental resources.

BOEM seeks public comments on environmental issues related to the proposed rental, construction and operation activities in the field of offshore by an announcement of the intention of an environmental impact statement prepare. Release a request for interest in the Federal Register is to request a maximum of 60 days of public comments posts of competitive interest rates and additional information about potential environmental impacts and other uses of the proposed lease area open. Accordingly, BOEM intends to prepare a statement that takes into account reasonably foreseeable consequences for the environment with the project Hywind Maine related. See press release of DOI, the Statoil proposal, the BOEM of public comment Web page and the Statoil-Hywind-demo Web site.

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