Breaking the ice: the introduction of biofouling organisms to Antarctica on vessel hulls

first_img1.Few reports exist that describe marine non-native species in the Southern Ocean and near-shore waters around the Antarctic continent. Nevertheless, Antarctica’s isolated marine communities, which show high levels of endemism, may be vulnerable to invasion by anthropogenically introduced species from outside Antarctica via vessel hull biofouling.2.Hull surveys of the British Antarctic Survey’s RRS James Clark Ross were undertaken between 2007 and 2014 at Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula (Lat. 67°34’S; Long. 68°07’W) to investigate levels of biofouling. In each case, following transit through scouring sea-ice, over 99% of the vessel hull was free of macroscopic fouling communities. However, in some surveys microbial/algal biofilms, balanomorph barnacles and live individuals of the cosmopolitan pelagic barnacle, Conchoderma auritum were found in the vicinity of intake ports, demonstrating the potential for non-native species to be transported to Antarctica on vessel hulls.3.Increasing ship traffic volumes and declining duration of sea ice in waters to the north and west of the Antarctic Peninsula mean the region may be at increased risk of non-native species introductions. Locations at particular risk may include the waters around popular visitor sites, such as Goudier Island, Neko Harbour, Whalers Bay, Cuverville Island and Half Moon Island, and around northern peninsula research stations.4.Simple and cost-effective mitigation measures, such as intentionally moving transiting ships briefly through available offshore sea ice to scour off accessible biofouling communities, may substantially reduce hull-borne propagule pressure to the region. Better quantification of the risk of marine non-native species introductions posed by vessel hulls to both Arctic and Antarctic environments, as sea ice patterns and shipping traffic volumes change, will inform the development of appropriate regional and international management responses.last_img read more

Lauded Filmmaker Peter Jackson To Direct New Beatles ‘Let It Be’ Doc Using Never-Before-Seen Footage

first_imgPeter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has taken on a new film project: A new The Beatles documentary culled from never-before-seen footage shot during the recording of Let It Be. The director will create the new feature-length film from a 55-hour cache of footage from the iconic album’s creation.As Jackson explains in a press release announcing the project, “The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about—it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”The film will be produced by Jackson’s WingNut Films and Apple Corps in full cooperation with surviving Beatles members and widows Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison. Jackson will reportedly restore the footage using techniques similar to those utilized in his recent World War I documentary, The Shall Not Grow Old.Of course, this will not be the first notable documentary made from the footage of The Beatles’ recording sessions for Let It Be. The album was originally conceived by Paul McCartney as an audiovisual project called Get Back—an album and an accompanying documentary about The Beatles’ road back to performing live, which they had formally given up to focus on honing their studio craft prior to the 1967 release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. However, the sessions for the project were mired in creative miscommunication and mounting animosity between the band members, and rather than highlighting a new chapter in the band’s saga, the resulting documentary seemed to lay bare the reality that the Beatles were beyond repair. By the time Let It Be was released, the Beatles had broken up.Speaking Words Of Wisdom: The Beatles Released Their Final Album “Let It Be” On This Day In 1970George Harrison, the band member most averse to the grind of touring during the “Beatlemania” era, was against the idea of returning to the stage to begin with. John Lennon, previously a creative partner with McCartney, slipped into a more detached role, withdrawing into his soon-to-be marriage with Yoko Ono, whose attendance in the studio during sessions amplified the resentment between the band members. The presence of the documentary cameras also magnified the deepening rifts. At one point, fed up with the constant arguing between Lennon and McCartney, Harrison “quit the band” and stormed out of the studio. He was eventually convinced to return a few days later.All of the bad blood is painfully apparent in the documentary footage, and the eventual Let It Be documentary is now known as a film that was intended to document the making of an album but instead became a front-row seat to the break-up of a band. Even the now-iconic Let It Be cover art underscores the state of the band when it was recorded: The cover features four separate photos of the four Beatles set on a black background, all still forming a cohesive unit yet not quite connecting.However, according to Jackson, “I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth. After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama—but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating—it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate.”Continues Jackson, “This movie will be the ultimate ‘fly-on-the-wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about. … It’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”The announcement of Jackson’s new film comes on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ final live performance on the roof of Apple HQ, which also serves as the culmination of the original Let It Be documentary. According to the announcement, once the new film is released, a digitally restored version of the 1970 Let It Be film will also be made available.last_img read more

Next big thing part two: ‘100% advocacy engagement 100% of the time’

first_imgThe next big thing for credit unions, says Northwest Credit Union Association President/CEO Troy Stang, is “100% advocacy engagement 100% of the time.”“That’s how we ensure that everyone who wants to have access to not-for-profit cooperative financial services can benefit from the value generated by these cooperatives,” he says.In the second of a three-part series, Stang and five other credit union league executives identify “the next big thing” for credit unions. Part three will be published January 22.“Imagine for a moment that every contributing and engaged member is a voice to protect and advance the credit union movement in an era of rapid technological change,” Stang continues. “In the Northwest we call it a “Five Million Seat Advocacy Strategy.” continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: 47 deaths in US kids, resistant strain, more cases on campus, vaccine trials

first_imgCDC says H1N1 virus has claimed 47 children’s livesForty-seven children died of confirmed 2009 H1N1 flu between Apr 26 and Aug 29, the CDC reported in an MMWR early release today, up from 43 such deaths the CDC reported in a weekly update last week. Today’s report, an overview of flu activity from April through August, notes that cases declined in July and early August but picked up in the Southeast in the last 2 weeks of August, reaching levels usually seen during winter peaks. This may signal an early start to the 2009-10 flu season.http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm58e0910a1.htm?s_cid=rr58e0910a1_eSep 10 MMWR early releaseResistant H1N1 strain found in summer camp cabin matesA report in the Sep 11 MMWR describes the first known instance of oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 infection in patients with epidemiologic links. The virus was found in two girls who shared a cabin at summer camp and had received prophylactic doses. Respiratory specimens revealed two mutations, including I223V, which had not been seen before. Elsewhere, two other resistant cases were noted in media reports today, one in Hong Kong and the other in Israel.http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5835a1.htm?s_cid=mm5835a1_xSep 11 MMWR reportColleges report big increase in flu-like illness casesThe American College Health Association, in its surveillance report for the week ended Sep 4, reported 4,974 flu-like illness cases at 236 participating schools, a 105% increase from the week before. The report doesn’t list the flu subtype, but federal officials have said the pandemic virus makes up 97% of circulating strains. Schools in the South had the most cases, but Washington and Kansas also reported big increases. About 96% of the new cases occurred in the 17- to 24-year-old age-group.http://www.acha.org/ILI_LatestWeek.cfmSep 8 American College Health Association surveillance reportEU official says early H1N1 vaccine trial results promisingThe head of the European Union’s drug regulatory agency said early clinical trial results for pandemic H1N1 vaccines in Europe look promising, Reuters reported today. “The immune response to all these vaccines is very promising, whatever type of vaccine it is, whether it is adjuvanted or non-adjuvanted,” said Thomas Lonngren, executive director of the European Medicines Agency. He said the first vaccines could be licensed by the EU in early October if all goes well.http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/9/10/worldupdates/2009-09-10T181506Z_01_NOOTR_RTRMDNC_0_-423683-1&sec=WorldupdatesSep 10 Reuters reportNIAID launches trial of pandemic vaccine in pregnant womenFederal officials yesterday announced the start of the first clinical trial of a pandemic H1N1 vaccine in pregnant women, who face an increased risk of complications from the virus. The trial is to enroll up to 120 women in the second or third trimester of pregnancy, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said. The women will receive two doses, 21 days apart, of a Sanofi Pasteur vaccine. NIAID Director Anthony Fauci said interest in the trial has been “extraordinary.”http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2009/Pages/H1N1pregnanttrials.aspxSep 9 NIAID news releaseFlu absences shutter special-needs schoolOfficials at an Atlanta public high school for students with severe cognitive disabilities suspended classes yesterday after about half of its 50 students were out sick, 15 of them with confirmed flu-like symptoms, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Five of the school’s teachers were also sick. One student was hospitalized. Officials will sanitize the building before classes resume Sep 14.http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/flu-134971.html?cxtype=rss_health_82119Sep 9 Atlanta Journal-Constitution storylast_img read more

Bournemouth stars Callum Wilson, Joshua King and Ryan Fraser can hurt Arsenal, says Ray Parlour

first_imgBournemouth stars Callum Wilson, Joshua King and Ryan Fraser can hurt Arsenal, says Ray Parlour Ray Parlour does not want to see Arsenal ignore the attacking threat of Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)Arsenal must be wary of Bournemouth’s attacking threats when they host Eddie Howe’s side on Sunday, according to Ray Parlour.The Gunners should walk out at The Emirates in buoyant mood after a team that included a number of youngsters beat Standard Liege 4-0 in an impressive Europa League victory.Arsenal are unbeaten in all competitions since losing 3-1 to Liverpool in the Premier League at the end of August but former Gunner Parlour believes they cannot afford to underestimate the Cherries. Emery’s side haven’t lost in the league since August (Picture: Getty)‘They have been very good, Bournemouth,’ Parlour told the Daily Echo.ADVERTISEMENT‘They would have been disappointed to go out of the Carabao Cup but other than that they’ve had a great start with some really good wins against Everton and Southampton.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Eddie has done so well. Attacking-wise, going forward they have very exciting players.‘Callum Wilson, Joshua King and Ryan Fraser, you have so many people to pick from there.‘Eddie always does a great job and Bournemouth are a very well-established Premier League side now, which is a real positive for Bournemouth fans.’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 5 Oct 2019 3:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Emery reflects on 4-0 win over Standard LiegeTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:03FullscreenEmery reflects on 4-0 win over Standard Liegehttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reflects-4-0-win-standard-liege-2019524/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘It’s all about investment. It’s all about trying to bring in the right players at the right time,’ Parlour added.‘I know certain clubs can spend more money than others but [Bournemouth] ought to be positive. They have a good, young squad of players.‘They have started well in the Premier League this season and have got to keep continuing.‘Philip Billing was a good signing. He has big physical power in that midfield.‘Lewis Cook is an excellent player as well and has been in the England squad, which is a testament for Bournemouth and Lewis.‘Jefferson Lerma is an excellent player and was a very big signing for Bournemouth at the time.‘They are all very good and all good clubs have a lot of competition in midfield.‘It’s certainly a good sign for Bournemouth to have good competition in that area.’MORE: Hugo Lloris rushed to hospital after gruesome injury during Spurs clash with Brighton Advertisement Eddie Howe has been Bournemouth manager since 2012 (Picture: Getty)Bournemouth currently sit eighth in the Premier League table but due to the congested nature of the standings are just a point behind fourth-placed Arsenal.But Parlour reckons the Cherries are not far off joining their opponents on Sunday in the higher echelons of English football. Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal confident of making Mikel Arteta appointment in next 48 hours

first_imgMikel Arteta is set to accept Arsenal’s job offer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are increasingly confident of appointing Mikel Arteta as their next manager this week after holding late-night talks with the Spaniard on Sunday, sources have told Metro.co.uk.Senior figures from the Gunners, including managing director Vinai Venkatesham and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy, were seen leaving Arteta’s Manchester residence early on Monday morning following City’s 3-0 win against the Gunners on Sunday afternoon.Metro.co.uk revealed on Saturday that City expected an approach from the Gunners following Sunday’s clash at the Emirates and the club had already given Arteta permission to speak to his former side about an exit from the Eithad.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe meeting at Arteta’s house lasted around two-and-a-half-hours, where he was given promises about the club’s budget, updates on contract renewals and assurances over the board’s expectations in the short-term.ADVERTISEMENTArteta had been one of a number of candidates to replace Unai Emery a fortnight ago but he’s now the leading contender and the Spaniard has made it clear that he’s willing to put reservations over taking the job in mid-season to one side in order to accept his ‘dream job’.The Gunners had been willing to bide their time over an appointment but just one win in five matches under Freddie Ljungberg has hastened the club’s pursuit of a new manager. Arteta has served under Guardiola for three years (Picture: Getty)City will not stand in Arteta’s way and had been willing to let him leave 18 months ago, when the Spaniard was ‘heartbroken’ to be overlooked in favour of Emery in the running to become Arsene Wenger’s successor.Arteta has long been touted as a replacement for Guardiola but City do not view the 37-year-old as a viable option once Guardiola steps down. Both Newcastle and Everton have both shown interest in Arteta during the last 12 months but the Spaniard made it clear to Guardiola that he would not leave City for anyone other than Arsenal.Arsenal will have to pay a small compensation fee to City to hire Arteta and the Spaniard can expect a substantial improvement on his £900,000-a-year salary at the Etihad.Arteta had been in north London earlier on Sunday to witness first hand the chaos at Arsenal.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCity beat the Gunners 3-0 at the Emirates and interim boss Freddie Ljungberg urged the club afterwards to speed up their move to appoint a replacement for Emery.‘I think it needs to be cleared up, to make a decision so everybody knows,’ the Swede said after the game.Arteta joined Arsenal in 2011 from Everton and spent five years at the club before retiring in 2016 in order to work with Guardiola at the Etihad.MORE: Europa League round of 32 draw: Arsenal vs Olympiacos; Man Utd vs Club Brugge Arsenal confident of making Mikel Arteta appointment in next 48 hours Comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Sean KearnsMonday 16 Dec 2019 2:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Arsenal’s chief executive Vinai Venkatesham visited Arteta at his home (Eamonn and James Clarke)Pep Guardiola admitted after Sunday’s game that the decision was in Arteta’s hands and the pair were set to meet on Monday afternoon, where it was expected that Arteta would convey his desire to join Arsenal.When asked about Arteta’s situation after City’s win over Arsenal, Guardiola replied. ‘If it happens, it will happen.‘When he wants to talk we are open to talk but it’s private, I don’t want to make things uncomfortable.’last_img read more

The Block winners Will and Karlie to give masterclass in reno secrets

first_imgThe Block 2016 apartment kitchen by Will and Karlie who went on to win the series.The couple were looking to partner with a firm which is a new home builder, according to Karlie.“It is a family-owned and operated business, which values contemporary quality design, and goes above and beyond to help clients find their dream homes — so the partnership came very naturally, and is a perfect fit for us.“We’re thrilled to be part of their exceptional team and in addition to representing the company, we’re really keen to meet their customers. “We would love to help during the design process, as I know from experience how daunting it can be, and having access to the Evolve Design Studio is priceless.”Karlie said they were big fans of co-ordinating a neutral base palette with pops of colour, greenery and clever lighting design for a classic and modern look. Will and Karlie’s guest bedroom on The Block. Picture: Channel 9 Will and Karlie Bethune in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Picture: Liam Kidston.THE last winners of reality television series The Block – Queensland couple Will and Karlie Bethune – have been putting their newfound fame to good use.The couple are looking to hold masterclass style workshops sharing lessons learned on their renovation journey.The high school sweethearts walked away from last year’s series with $815,000 in winnings.The bulk of that came from $715,000 profit off the sale of their stunning apartment which sold for $2.6million with the reserve set at $1.885m. They also took home the $100,000 grand prize for having the highest profit last season.The pair were fresh homeowners when they went on the show, after buying a three bedroom home off Will’s father for $350,000 in January 2016, according to property records.The home, which sits on a 632sq m block, had one bathroom and a single garage when they took it over.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoBut the couple won’t have to look far to modernise the property now, having just signed on to hold masterclass style workshops via Queensland building firm Bold Living.last_img read more

Dutch roundup: KLM schemes, Vervoer, Pensioenfonds TNO

first_imgVliegend Personeel, the €8.2bn scheme for pilots, said it failed to meet the required financial buffers by 1 percentage point, after its policy funding dropped to 117.9%.Cabinepersoneel reported quarterly returns of 3.2%, 1.8% and 0.6% on fixed income, equity and real estate, respectively, and said its interest hedge added 1 percentage point to its return of 3.4%The pension fund’s return year to date is 7.2%.Algemeen Pensioenfonds KLM, the €7.9bn scheme for ground staff, posted second-quarter and first-half returns of 3.5% and 6.9%, respectively.During the last quarter, its fixed income, equity and real estate portfolios returned 4.1%, 1.9% and 0.5%, respectively.Funding, as of the end of June, stood at 101.7%.The pilots pension fund produced second-quarter and first-half returns of 2.6% and 4.2%, respectively, while its coverage ratio stood at 112.5% as of the end of the quarter. In other news, Vervoer, the €23bn sector scheme for private road transport, has returned 15.8% year to date.As a result, its funding increased by 1.3 percentage points to 99%.The €3.3bn Pensioenfonds TNO, meanwhile, has returned 8.2% on investments year to date, attributing the result largely to its fixed income holdings, which returned 12.2%.It incurred a 2.9% loss on equities, however, while producing neutral results on property and private equity.The research institute’s scheme said its interest and currency hedges had contributed 0.9% and 0.2%, respectively, to its first-half performance.It closed the second quarter with a funding of 105.6% and a policy coverage of 107.9%. KLM’s three main pension funds generated returns of up to 3.5% over the second quarter on the back of positive results on all asset classes.The investment returns, however, failed to offset the negative impact of falling interest rates on liabilities, resulting in a slight drop of the schemes’ coverage ratios.By contrast, their policy funding – the 12-month average of their coverage, and the main criterion for rights cuts and indexation – fell by almost 3 percentage points.As a consequence, Cabinepersoneel, the €2.7bn pension fund for cabin staff, saw its policy coverage decrease to 102.8%, causing a funding shortfall.last_img read more

Everton Park house with naked lady wallpaper to go to auction

first_imgThe wallpaper is reminiscent of a retro Playboy magazine — and this is a bathroom for guests.A house with custom-made wallpaper of naked ladies in its bathroom is set to go under the hammer this weekend — and is expected to draw quite the crowd.The home at 179 Flockton St, Everton Park, has a powder room which is covered from floor to ceiling in wallpaper featuring retro semi-nude women posing seductively. Retro house gets its boogie on More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe carved eagle — scary or impressive?It even has a squash court and sauna, along with an in-ground pool, spa and bar.Place Newmarket agent Ross Armstrong said about 180 groups had inspected the property since the marketing campaign was launched in mid-January.“It’s been a bit of a museum to be honest (and) a lot of neighbours have been coming through,” Mr Armstrong said.“People just like the old style and I’ve never seen anything like it.” It looks like The Proclaimers would walk 500 miles to get to this carpet.That’s not where the quirks end in this abode, which was built in 1982, with a giant carved eagle at the entrance of the home, to tartan carpet in pool room.It must have been quite the spectacle back in its heyday, with more than a massive 700sq m of under roof living on a 1ha block. It even has its own squash court.Mr Armstrong said they initially had the house for sale by private treaty but decided to change to an auction after they received interest from both owner occupiers and developers. And a sauna, to, ya’know, wind down after your game of squash.He said he was expecting a number of registered bidders on the day and had a hunch an owner occupier might outbid a developer at the end of the day, although with an auction you can never be sure.“A couple of people want to live there and run a business out of it,” he said.“Most of them want to keep it in its current style and potentially do some cosmetic work internally.”The house will go to auction this Saturday, March 16 at 2pm.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45last_img read more

New Jersey Expands Qualified Offshore Wind Project Definition

first_imgNJBPU plans to hold one or more competitive solicitations for open access offshore wind transmission facilities and related interconnection facilities. The solicitation/s will be conducted separately from any other solicitation for offshore wind turbine electricity generation facilities. The expanded definition will allow these open access transmission facilities to be eligible for offshore wind renewable energy certificates (ORECs). The law has also amended the definition of an OREC. The definition also includes all associated interconnection facilities and equipment in the Atlantic Ocean and connected to the electric transmission system in the State of New Jersey that is connected with a wind turbine electricity generation facility in the Atlantic Ocean and approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU). “This legislation will allow for increased competition in future offshore wind solicitations. Open-access transmission enables wind generators to plug into a planned, efficient system that delivers more energy with less risk while protecting the environment.” Open access offshore wind transmission facility is a high voltage transmission facility that conforms to applicable FERC regulations and policies regarding open access transmission, the law says. center_img New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law a bill which expands the definition of a “qualified offshore wind project” to include an “open access offshore wind transmission facility”. ”Allowing the Board of Public Utilities to bid projects specifically for open-access transmission is an enormous step forward in creating a more robust, affordable offshore wind industry in New Jersey, while minimizing the impact on our ocean environment and critical fisheries,” Janice Fuller, New Jersey President of Anbaric. OREC now represents the environmental attributes equivalent to one megawatt hour of electric generation, and, additionally, one megawatt of electric transmission transfer capability from a qualified offshore wind project.last_img read more