Delaware this week hosted the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement’s (BOEM) offshore renewable energy task force meeting. BOEM used the meeting to update state and federal agencies and members of the task force on comments received pursuant to a Request for Interest (RFI) published by BOEM last April.
Renewable Energy Fair scheduled for August
Clean Energy USA of Rehoboth Beach is gearing up for their 3rd Annual Renewable Energy Fair. The fair is scheduled for Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center and will be open and free to the public.
As the U.S. Department of the Interior begins to reorganize the Minerals Management Service (MMS) – now known as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) – following the Deepwater Horizon crisis, Delaware’s Congressional delegation urged Secretary Ken Salazar in a July 14 letter to ensure that developing offshore wind energy is not delayed.
Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) this week joined a majority of his colleagues on the Environment and Public Works Committee in supporting legislation that he says would help Delaware and other states clean up and restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
Like many people, Kevin Roberts of Bethany Blues watched, helplessly, day after day, the news about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Finally, he said, he decided to do something about it.
Doing good deeds for the environment was certainly on the mind of Jeff Mumford of Warren’s Station restaurant in Fenwick Island when he first started researching renewable energy systems. Equally on his mind was the economic benefit and the sustainability of a installing such a system, including his recently completed 14 kw worth of solar panels.
The Delmarva Community Wellnet Foundation is inviting the community to learn about its new program, Energize Delaware Now, or EDEN. DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara will be the keynote speaker for the program’s launch on Friday, July 16, at 6 p.m. at the Milton Theatre. Award-winning singer/songwriter and Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival 2008 Performer of the Year Doug James will provide the evening’s entertainment. There will be hors d’oeuvres by Nourish, Dogfish Head beer and Bin 66 Wine, as well as time for networking and presentations. Tickets cost $39.
Currently in the final stages of its design, the designers of Ocean Park in Rehoboth Beach are considering an array of unique features to achieve their LEED Platinum certification, which will yield a minimum of a 33 percent reduction in energy demands and generate 33 percent less waste water compared to typical office buildings.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Department of Agriculture (DDA) have issued water advisories for Delaware state and municipal lakes and ponds to alert the public to the presence of blue-green algae, now being seen on local ponds, and its possible harmful effects on pe
The health of the some of the inland bays is improving – but not by much – learned the Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) to the Center for the Inland Bays at their meeting last week.
Tapa Homes, based in Dagsboro, Del., will be holding a grand opening and open house for their “No Energy Bill” model home on Saturday, July 17, starting at 11 a.m., and on Sunday, July 18, at their location just east of Milford, Del. Builder Brett Reilly said that, when completed with three additional home models, it will be the first “No Energy” subdivision on the peninsula.
It’s hard to imagine that it could have ever been more difficult getting to the beach when one is sitting in traffic on Route 26 or Route 1 on a summer Saturday morning. But getting to the beach in two hours instead of 24 or 48 should help people remember just how good they’ve got it today. Gone are the days that vacationers had to get into Bethany Beach by boat.
Nothing says summertime like a refreshing ice cream cone on a sweltering day, and the people behind Blue Scoop can attest to that. But the ice cream shop, situated beside Harris Teeter on Route 54 between Fenwick Island and Selbyville, Del., is much more than a place to satisfy your sweet tooth. They’ve become a business that’s just as good for the environment as they are for families.
Summer officially kicked off last Monday and, with that, the Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island farmers’ markets got under way. Each week this summer, through early September, farmers, growers and other local providers will bring their wares to the much-anticipated markets, providing shoppers with freshness and taste that can be hard to find in the produce section of the grocery store.
With a catchy name and only the freshest catches, the people behind Off the Hook in Bethany Beach hope it will become a place food appreciators come to think being synonymous with the “farm – or water – to table” concept.
Consumers looking to lower their home energy costs can now go to Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Web site for some fast – and fun – help. With just a few mouse clicks, DEC’s new Home Energy Calculator will analyze the home’s current energy use and allow the homeowner to simulate various energy-saving measures to see the corresponding dollar savings.
The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) were set to join forces on July 21, to honor U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.) “for his outstanding and passionate leadership on key recycling issues.” Carper was to be honored during the NRC’s annual “Recycling Gala,” to be held in Washington, D.C.
Gov. Jack Markell and state Sen. Harris McDowell III, co-chair of the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU), announced this week that the SEU’s Energize Delaware had issued its 10,000th appliance rebate as part of its popular Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program.
Lewes Public Library will hosting a public presentation “Making Solar Electricity Affordable” on June 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tom Colucci of CNC Solar in Rehoboth will be discussing the various aspects of solar panel technology and the overall benefits of solar energy systems.
“Farm-to-table.” The popular term in the culinary world refers to dishes that include local, seasonal and fresh ingredients – preferably from area farms. Chefs build entire menus around the philosophy, and farm-to-table dinners in restaurants are becoming frequent.
Good Earth Market & Organic Farm and Plate Catering, however, are giving the concept a twist.