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Delaware Offshore Wind: June/July 2024 Events

Delaware Offshore Wind Events

Governor’s Energy Advisory Council June 20, 2024 Meeting
Department of Agriculture
2320 S Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901
9am to 12pm
This meeting of the GEAC is open to the public and will have an in person and virtual attendance option. Offshore wind will be on the agenda.
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DNREC Joint Permitting Hearing: US Wind Project
Virtual Event
Tuesday, July 9, 2024
6:00 pm
This will be a US Wind landfall support opportunity. You need to register by noon that day in order to speak. You can also send in written comments. If you’d like to speak in support, please Contact POWER so that a variety of topics is covered.
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Wind Turbine Overlooking Ocean

What’s New: Offshore Wind in Delaware

Delaware State AFL/CIO gives offshore wind a ringing endorsement. (May 29, 2024) 
“We believe that offshore wind has the potential to create thousands of well-paying jobs for Delawareans, both directly in the construction and maintenance of wind farms and indirectly in related industries such as manufacturing, transportation, and supply chain logistics. These jobs will provide stable employment opportunities for our members and their families, helping to strengthen our communities and support local economies.”

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Delaware Offshore Wind Facts

Delaware Offshore Wind Jobs

Jobs

Where there’s an offshore wind project there will be jobs.
These jobs can be sorted into three categories: Direct (construction, engineering, etc.), Indirect (food trucks, manufacture of turbine components), and Operations and Maintenance (ongoing maintenance). If the project site is off the coast of Delaware, Delawareans will be able to apply for jobs in all three categories.

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Offshore Wind Delaware Children Running in Field

Health

There are health and climate benefits of offshore wind facilities in the mid-Atlantic United States.
Electricity from fossil fuels contributes substantially to both climate change and the health burden of air pollution.

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Offshore Wind Delaware Woman Holding No Planet B Sign

Climate Change

Climate change is speeding toward catastrophe, UN panel says.
A new report says it is still possible to hold global warming to relatively safe levels, but doing so will require global cooperation, billions of dollars and big changes.

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Fishing

Sports fishermen off Block Island, RI, find that the underwater structures of offshore wind turbines enhance fishing. Commercial fishermen have concerns.
The data shows that recreational anglers fare well near offshore wind turbines. Some commercial fishermen are troubled by the location of offshore wind turbines and the possibility of tangling their gear on the turbine underwater structures.

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Offshore Wind Delaware Coastline

Tourism/Public Perception

Polls, visual simulations, research flesh out the picture of public reaction/response to offshore wind.
Delaware offshore wind developer specialists have worked out how an offshore wind farm will look under varying conditions, showing simulations to illustrate their point.

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Offshore Delaware Wind Sunset Over Ocean

Making Landfall

Shore residents have a particular interest in how and where landfall will take place.
They want to know how it will look and if it will disturb the environment.

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BOEM Lease Areas

View Bureau of Ocean Energy Management maps of the area off Delaware’s coast, and learn about BOEM hearings. What has POWER said at the hearings? What are DNREC’s comments?
BOEM controls all offshore wind activity 3 miles from the shore out to the edge of territorial waters.That is the area where offshore wind projects will be located. All federal permits required of offshore wind developers are handled by BOEM.

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Offshore Wind Delaware Bird in Flight

Birds

“Wind energy can be a powerful factor in protecting the birds that we love,” says the Audubon Society. Read about guidelines for protecting seafaring birds.
Bird lovers want to see birds protected, fearing deadly collisions. Climate change is an even greater threat, you will read.

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Delaware Offshore Wind Whale Breaching

Marine Mammals

There are no data or evidence linking whale mortalities to any one specific factor, including offshore wind development.
NOAA, the Marine Mammal Commission, and the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management all find no connection between whale strandings and offshore wind.

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