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CX-001577: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Wind Turbine Model and Pilot Project for Alternative Energy: Infrastructure for Research, Policy, Education and Outreach on Wind Power Along our Nation's Coasts
CX(s) Applied: B3.1, A9
Date: 03/29/2010
Location(s): Delaware
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

The University of Delaware (UD) proposes to construct one shore-side, utility-scale wind turbine at their Lewes Campus. The objective is to provide educational opportunities for students, facilitate research (science/engineering/policy) on aspects of wind energy that are specific to the coastal environment (salt tolerance, impact on migratory birds in the Atlantic flyway), take advantage of expertise in the UD composite center to develop and test the next generation of turbine blades, and anticipate the emergence of policy issues. In addition, the energy produced via this turbine will offset the University's electrical consumption and costs.