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Offshore Wind 101
Fact Sheet on Offshore Wind: helpful for contacting your legislators
SB 265 Fact Sheet
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The final presentation of three will take place at the Dover Public Library, on May 22, 2024.
Register to Attend In Person or Virtually

Monday, April 29, 2024: 6-7:30pm
Lewes Public Library
Lewes, DE

Wednesday, May 8, 2024: 6-7:30pm
Rt 9 Library and Innovation Center
New Castle, DE

Wednesday, May 22, 2024: 6-7:30pm
Dover Library
Dover, DE

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Wind Turbine Overlooking Ocean

What’s New: Offshore Wind in Delaware

Against the Wind: A Map of the Anti-Offshore Wind Network in the Eastern United States (December 12, 2023)
How fossil fuel interests are working with climate denial think tanks and community groups to obstruct offshore wind projects.

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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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