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The Offshore Wind Farm Round-Up – Number 1 May 9, 2022, – 020522, 0201922, 022622

The Offshore Wind Farm Round-Up endeavors to periodically provide a review of recent research efforts in which the effects of offshore wind farms have been studied. This Round-Up edition includes links related to the o effect of noise on marine life o cost of electricity o impact of turbines on the Cold Pool o Rutgers study on the visibility of the wind turbines o lawsuit filed against Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) URL

May 16, 2022

The Climate Capitalist

Our Mission and Team. “There is no greater imperative driving investment decisions today than climate change,” says Doug McKeige, our Founder and Editor-in-Chief, “The Climate Capitalist aims to arm investors – as well as policy makers and corporate leaders – with informed analysis of the energy and power markets, and target opportunities for enhanced returns.” URL

May 10, 2022

International Energy Agency

The IEA is committed to shaping a secure and sustainable energy future for all Our work spans a variety of programmes and initiatives, helping ensure energy security, tracking clean energy transitions, collecting data, or providing training around the world URL

May 2, 2022

The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions

Minerals are essential components in many of today’s rapidly growing clean energy technologies – from wind turbines and electricity networks to electric vehicles. Demand for these minerals will grow quickly as clean energy transitions gather pace. This new World Energy Outlook Special Report provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the complex links between these minerals and the prospects for a secure, rapid transformation of the energy sector. URL

May 1, 2022

BOEM Fact Sheet 22622

BOEM Fact Sheet BOEM manages the responsible development of America’s offshore energy and mineral resources. The bureau promotes energy independence, environmental protection and economic development through responsible, science-based management of energy and mineral resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

March 16, 2022

Offshore Wind Notices and Comment Opportunities 22622

Given the fast pace of offshore wind energy development, the Council is no longer posting individual notices to mariners on this web page. Instead, we encourage individuals to use the wind developer pages linked below to view recent notices or sign up to receive updates via email. This change is intended to help ensure that you receive the most timely and accurate information about offshore wind energy projects relevant to you. Project developers are listed in italics next to the project name.

Offshore Wind Notices and Comment Opportunities 022622

This page is managed jointly by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the New England Fishery Management Council. For general information about offshore wind energy in the Northeast region, please visit the Joint MAFMC/NEFMC Offshore Wind Page.

March 14, 2022

Offshore Wind team 022622

OFFSHORE WIND TEAM The RUCOOL Offshore Wind team develops and advances the science that informs decision-making around offshore wind, both at a state and national level. We do this through research using both observations and models, and extensive engagement with stakeholders on the issues important to this new industry


Because their areas often overlap with essential fisheries habitats, there is a need to understand, mitigate, and manage offshore wind farm impactson fisheries and ecosystems. Activities during all phases of wind farm lifetimes produceunderwater sound, a concern because high noise levels and/or persistent anthropogenicnoise can impact marine life in many ways. Here, we review the current understandingof impacts of wind energy activities on fisheries resources, taking into account the variednoise conditions that occur from site survey to decommissioning.


OFFSHORE WIND FARM ARTIFICIAL The submerged parts of their structures act as artificial reefs, providing new habitats and likely affecting fisheries resources. While acknowledging that the footprints of these structures may result in loss of habitat, usually soft sediment, we focus on how the artificial reefs established by OWFs affect ecosystem structure and functioning.

BOEM Fact Sheet 022622

BOEM oversees the responsible development of America’s offshore energy and mineral resources

he Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) 021222, EE

The Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) is creating knowledge of our ocean planet by pushing the limits of science and new technologies while inspiring future generations of ocean explorers.

Simulations For The Visibility Of The Atlantic Shores Project, 020522

 These simulations show what visibility might be under “very clear conditions.” it is for the initial project in the southern lease area can also be found in the COP on BOEM’s website at. This PDF is broken down by Key Observation Points (KOPS) which include, among others, the Long Beach Island Arts and Sciences Foundation in Loveladies, which is 24.9 miles from the closest turbine in this initial buildout of the project in the southern lease area, and the Beach Haven Historic District, which is 13.5 miles from the closest turbine. These simulations show what visibility might be under “very clear conditions.”

Atlantic Shores Virtual Open House 020522, 021922

This site provides “Rooms” each room contains a presentation a topic like Visualization, Fishing the Environment, etc. There is a segment in the video where there is a discussion of visibility impacts from Beach Haven along with renderings.  The screenshots show renderings from Beach Haven on a day with “clear conditions” and another with ‘overcast conditions.”  This is for the initial project in the southern lease area.

Atlantic Shores Plan 020522, 021922

Atlantic Shores’ first project currently under review by BOEM is in the southern portion of the lease off of Atlantic City and that portion alone will include up to 200 turbines.  All of the details of the project can be found in Atlantic Shores’ COP which is on BOEM’s website. The COP is thousands of pages but Volume 1 gives a good straightforward description of the AS project and the Project Overview is only a few pages.  

Ocean Wind Construction and Operations Plan 020522, 021922

This provides the entire plan (COP) including the appendix which addresses the items covered in the solicitation.  Example – Appendix J – Marine Mammal Supplementary Material,  Note: some of the Appendix Appendix B – Safety Management System Contains Confidential Information – Not for Public Disclosure:

Proposed Sale Notice Fisheries Meetings: NY Bight: Scallops, Mixed Trawl, Surf Clams and Recreational.  020522, 021922, 022622

On July 20 and 22 BOEM hosted a series of working meetings regarding the New York Bight Proposed Sale Notice.  Four two-hour meetings were held focusing on primary fisheries that operate in the NY Bight: Scallops, Mixed Trawl, Surf Clams and Recreational. 

Mid -Atlantic Ocean Data Portal 020522, 022622

Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, an ocean planning resource center, and the Marine Planner, an Interactive mapping tool.

BOEM will hold a wind energy auction on Feb. 23, 2022, – NY Bight 020522, 022622

On Jan. 12, 2022, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced that BOEM will hold a wind energy auction on Feb. 23, 2022, for more than 480,000 acres in the New York Bight. This will be the first offshore wind energy auction under the Biden-Harris Administration.

New Jersey Offshore Wind Solicitations 020522, 022622

Very comprehensive starting place. However, some of the information is somewhat dated. Information is categorized: Offshore Wind, Strategic Plan, BOEM, Solicitations, Transmission, Stakeholder Involvement

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)020522, 021922, 022622

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages the responsible development of America’s offshore energy and mineral resources. The bureau promotes energy independence, environmental protection and economic development through responsible, science-based management of energy and mineral resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

National Offshore Wind Strategy 020522, 021922

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through its Wind Energy Technologies Office, and U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), through its Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), have jointly produced this updated national strategy to facilitate the responsible development of offshore wind energy in the United States. URL

BOEM Overview Meeting March 30, 2021 – Wind Energy

On March 30, 2021, BOEM published a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Ocean Wind, LLC’s Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore New Jersey. BOEM’s scoping process is intended to identify what should be considered in the Ocean Wind COP EIS. Throughout the scoping process, there will be multiple opportunities to help BOEM determine the important resources and issues, impact-producing factors, reasonable alternatives, and potential mitigating measures that should be analyzed in the EIS. URL

September 19, 2021

Inside Clean Energy: Three Charts that Show the Energy Transition in 50 States

The Energy Information Administration reported last week that, for the first time ever, the United States generated more electricity from renewable sources in 2020 than from coal. URL

August 25, 2021

Foundation Talk on Wind Farms Boosts Economic Benefits 42421

Foundation Talk on Wind Farms Boosts Economic Benefits May 10, 2021 An hour-long online “Wind Power Talk” hosted by the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences on April 24 and moderated by Science Committee Chair Rick Bushnell was too short to answer all the questions by the 70-plus participants who joined via Zoom and will result in a couple of more scheduled talks, Bushnell said. He began by explaining the talk was for information purposes and not to foster a debate, but to foster “a feeling of understanding.” “In many environmental decisions there are often a series of trade-offs,” said Bushnell. URL

August 22, 2021

A modelling evaluation of electromagnetic fields emitted by buried subsea power cables and encountered by marine animals: considerations for marine renewable energy development – 042421

Abstract The expanding marine renewable energy industry will increase the prevalence of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from power cables in coastal waters. Assessments of environmental impacts are required within licensing/permitting processes and increased prevalence of cables will increase questions concerning EMF emissions and potential cumulative impacts. URL

June 13, 2021

Orsted -042421

Learn more about Ørsted, the world’s most sustainable energy company URL

May 29, 2021

Fisheries and Offshore Wind Energy: Synthesis of the Science – 042421, 020522, 022622

The Fisheries and Offshore Wind Energy: Synthesis of the Science project consists of two integrated components, a virtual workshop and a published report, which together have the overarching purpose of enhancing regional and national understanding of existing science and data gaps related to offshore wind energy interactions with fish and fisheries. topic include: ECOSYSTEM EFFECTS, BENTHIC HABITAT MODIFICATIONS, PHYSICAL HABITAT MODIFICATION, PHYSICAL PROCESS MODIFICATION, FINFISH, SQUID, SHELLFISH, AND COMMUNITY INTERACTIONS, PHYTOPLANKTON & ZOOPLANKTON URL

April 28, 2021

Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Development: Values and Implications for Recreation and Tourism – 042421, 020522

This report documents an effort to estimate the potential effect of offshore wind power on recreational beach use on the East Coast of the United States. This project was funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which considers such effects when evaluating project approvals, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has an interest in coastal and ocean resource use in the United States. URL

Save LBI (Formerly The ‘LBI Coalition for Wind Without Impact’ )- 042421, 020522, 030423

Our coalition is led by Beach Haven resident Dr. Bob Stern, an engineer who previously managed the office in the U.S. Department of Energy that oversaw the protection of the environment as it relates to energy programs and projects. ​​Our goal is two-fold: -To ensure that the wind project off LBI is moved to the Hudson South call area – To ensure that a comprehensive assessment of the impact of this project on our marine ecosystem, fish, shellfish, marine life, commercial and recreational fishing and boating safety is completed before the project begins. URL

New Jersey Offshore Wind Solicitation #2 – 042421

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (“BPU” or “Board”) is soliciting Applications to secure Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificates (“ORECs”) targeting 1,200 MW to 2,400 MW of offshore wind capacity. The Board seeks to promote robust competition in this solicitation and future solicitations to support the continued development of the offshore wind industry in New Jersey. The BPU approved the solicitation on September 9, 2020. Click here to read the Board Order. The solicitation is driven by Executive Order Number 8, signed by Governor Philip D. Murphy on January 31, 2018, and Executive Order Number 92, signed by Governor Murphy on November 19, 2019. On February 28, 2020, Governor Murphy announced the offshore wind solicitation schedule to meet the 7,500 MW goal by 2035 that is set forth in Executive Order Number 92. Bidders are to use this website to access information about the solicitation, including the controlling documents, and ask questions of the BPU related to the solicitation, the answers to which will be posted to the Q&A page. URL

April 22, 2021

Opportunities for Public Participation in Offshore Wind Planning in New Jersey – 042421

February 2020 This guide provides New Jersey citizens with background information regarding the developing offshore wind energy sector, how to be engaged in that process, and links to additional resources. Prepared for the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance Matthew Campo, Senior Research Specialist, Environmental Analysis & Communications Group, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and Carolyn Iwicki, Rutgers University PhD candidate Ecology and Evolution URL

April 17, 2021

Public Participation Road Map for Commercial Offshore Wind Development in Federal Waters – 042421

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) works to identify potential areas for offshore wind development on the Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”) based on extensive public input (the OCS is all submerged lands lying seaward of state coastal waters that are under U.S. jurisdiction). To ensure the process is as complete and transparent as possible, BOEM solicits public comments, convenes Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Forces (“Task Forces”) with interested states, and holds public meetings throughout the offshore wind development process. This documents explains the process. URL


We are a broad membership-based coalition of fishing industry associations and fishing companies committed to improving the compatibility of new offshore development with their businesses. URL

The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) – 042421, 020522, 022622

The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA), founded in 2019, is a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance regional research and monitoring of fisheries and offshore wind interactions through collaboration and cooperation. ROSA’s objective is to be a trusted resource that enables scientific research, increases efficiency, deepens understanding, and facilitates collaboration. URL

FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Jumpstarts Offshore Wind Energy Projects to Create Jobs – 042421

MARCH 29, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Interior, Energy, Commerce, and Transportation Departments Announce New Leasing, Funding, and Development Goals to Accelerate and Deploy Offshore Wind Energy and Jobs URL

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April 12, 2021

Gather ‘Round and Talk Some Tempests; One Wind Farm Could Tell a Mighty Tale The Fish Story March 04, 2021 By JAY MANN

Article that provides some perspective on the March ’62 Storm, Super Storm Sandy and the Perfect Storm. It identifies the relationship between warmer sea water and more severe storms both earlier and later in the year. Further, it refers to wind energy as a trade off to fossil fuel. URL

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April 7, 2021

Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center 042421, 030522

Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting our air, water and open spaces. We investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public and decision-makers, and help the public make their voices heard in local, state and national debates over the quality of our environment and our lives. URL

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March 22, 2021

The Institute for Energy Research (IER), EE1

The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets. IER maintains that freely-functioning energy markets provide the most efficient and effective solutions to today’s global energy and environmental challenges and, as such, are critical to the well-being of individuals and society. URL

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US Can Build Largest Wind Industry in the World

Blog post by Lara Skinner entitled The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World with a Commitment to Ambitious Climate Action, Racial Justice, and Good Jobs URL

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February 14, 2021

NJ steelworkers and Wind turbines

Opinion piece about the fit between NJ steelworkers and the crafting of wind turbines for offshore wind farms. URL

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Monmouth University – The Urban Coast Institute,

Monmouth University – The Urban Coast Institute is a leader in the fields of ocean planning and coastal law and policy. We are committed to supporting the implementation of coastal and ocean management actions and policies based on the best available science at the local, state and regional levels. URL

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December 31, 2020

Offshore Wind Bids – Orsted and Atlantic Shores

Overview of the the NJPBU bids – December of 2020. Provides some back ground. URL

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December 26, 2020

En-Roads By Climate Interactive- 042421

En-ROADS is a transparent, freely-available policy simulation model that provides policymakers, educators, businesses, the media, and the public with the ability to explore, for themselves, the likely consequences of energy, economic growth, land use, and other policies and uncertainties, with the goal of improving their understanding. This is a Center of information with many useful links URL

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October 21, 2020

Climate Change NJ rlbi2, 021222

This is a very valuable starting point. New Jersey is working to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Information Center URL

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October 20, 2020

The New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center rlbi2, 31222, EE1

The New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center was established by statute in January 2020 to “create and support the use of impartial and actionable science to advance government, public, private, and nongovernmental sector efforts to adapt to, and mitigate, a changing climate.” To that end, our mission is to: Conduct research with real-world applications to New Jersey’s most pressing climate-related challenges; Create planning tools, develop technical guidance, undertake pilot projects, and provide practical support for addressing climate change in New Jersey; Connect actionable research to policymakers, planners, practitioners, the media, communities, students, and other individuals through outreach, training, and education. URL

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October 7, 2020

NJ Proposed Energy Master Plan – Draft June 2019

Draft of the proposed Energy Master Plan for New Jersey Governor Murphy, through Executive Order 28, has directed the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to draft the 2019 Energy Master Plan. The EMP Committee conducted a robust stakeholder process in September and October 2018 with seven public hearings to gather information in key areas. In June 2019, NJBPU announced opportunities for the public to comment on the Draft EMP.

September 4, 2019

Empower NJ Fighting Climate Change in NJ rlbi2

Empower NJ is a growing coalition of more than 50 environmental and grassroots groups, formed to advocate for an immediate moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects. This is their report supporting a moratorium on fossil fuels.


September 3, 2019

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