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Offshore wind power

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Virtual lecture and discussion about coastal energy possibilities

With offshore wind power on the minds of many Delawareans, Delaware Sea Grant will facilitate an online knowledge exchange for members of the public with faculty and researchers from the University of Delaware’s Center for Research in Wind (CReW) as part of a virtual Focus on the Coast lecture series.

The discussions will take place on Thursday, July 16, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The event will present science and policy-based information about the local siting challenges and opportunities around proposed offshore shore wind projects off the coasts of Delaware and Maryland.

One option for utility-scale, low-carbon electricity to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants in the region in the near term is offshore wind power. After presenting some information about the activities up and down the Atlantic Coast, UD experts will answer questions from the public and facilitate discussion in small breakout rooms organized around three topics:

• Potential environmental effects to wildlife

• Potential effects to tourism and economic development opportunities

• Wind resource, electricity transmission and connection to shore

The event will conclude with an explanation of the decision-making process and range of actors to give participants an idea of how to engage in the process in the future.

To register for the on-line event, visit https://www.deseagrant.org/events-all/2020/7/16/focus-on-the-coast-nbspoffshore-wind.

You will receive an email confirmation and link to attend before the meeting.


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