Massachusetts

BOEM Proposes Offshore Wind Lease Sale in Massachusetts

Source/Sponsor: 
BOEM
Creator/Author: 
BOEM
Description: 
The proposed lease sale is for two additional areas offshore of Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing, totaling nearly 390,000 acres.
 
A Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Massachusetts was published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2018, and includes a 60-day public comment period.
 
The Notice provides detailed information concerning the area available for leasing, the proposed lease provisions and conditions, auction details (e.g., criteria for evaluating competing bids and award procedures) and lease execution. 
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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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Massachusetts House Passes Energy Bill for 1600 MW of Offshore Wind

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts Legislature
Creator/Author: 
Massachusetts Legislature
Description: 
Lawmakers in the Massachusetts House have overwhelmingly approved a compromise bill (H. 4568) that targets more wind and hydro power, but which fell short of the Senate's more aggressive proposal and did not expand on utilities' renewable portfolio standards.
 
While Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to sign the bill, critics called it "shortsighted" and expressed hope that some issues, like RPS expansions, would be revisited down the line. https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H4568 
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Publication Date: 
Monday, August 1, 2016
Resource Type: 
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Bill H.2895 189th (Current) An Act to promote long-term renewable contracts for municipal aggregators and municipalities

Source/Sponsor: 
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Creator/Author: 
Timothy R. Madden
Description: 

Beginning on or before June 30, 2016 all local governments, towns, counties and municipal aggregators within the Commonwealth shall be allowed to enter into long-term, power purchase contracts, up to 20 years, with renewable energy projects of the community’s choice, on behalf of all residents of the community “Community Empowerment”. Business and municipalities are not required to participate but could be given the option to opt-in or opt-out.

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/BillHtml/145875?generalCourtId=12

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Resource Type: 
Document

Interior Department Leases Area Offshore Massachusetts for Wind Energy Development

Source/Sponsor: 
US Department of the Interior
Creator/Author: 
US Department of the Interior
Description: 

BOEM held the nation’s 4th competitive lease sale for potential offshore wind development offshore Massachusetts. Two lease areas were awarded to RES America Developments, Inc. and Offshore MW LLC, respectively.

http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/interior-department-leases-area-offshore-massachusetts-for-wind-energy-development.cfm

Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
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