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Recommended Criteria and Process for the Evaluation and Selection of Offshore Wind Applications

Source/Sponsor: 
Maryland Public Service Commission Staff
Creator/Author: 
Levitan & Associates, Inc.
Description: 
Under Maryland’s Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013, § 7-704.2(f) of the PUA requires the Commission to issue a comprehensive set of Regulations implementing the Act by July 1, 2014. The Commission's commercial and technical advisors have prepared this report to make certain that the Commission's offshore wind procurement, evaluation, and selection process (i) is as fair, transparent, and workable as possible, (ii) leads to robust and competitive bids, and (iii) preserves the ratepayer protections defined in the Act.
 
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Publication Date: 
Friday, April 4, 2014
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Maine Senator Submits Legislation Prohibiting Placement of Wind Energy Test Area

Source/Sponsor: 
Senator Dana Dow
Creator/Author: 
Maine State Republicans
Description: 
Senator Dana Dow (R-Lincoln) has proposed legislation to block the 12 MW Aqua Ventus wind demonstration project. 
 
LR 1613, “An Act To Protect Monhegan Island,” would prohibit the placement of a wind energy test area – with turbines forecasted to be 585 feet tall – within 10 miles of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area. The measure is intended to safeguard the area's legacy and to protect migratory birds along the North Atlantic Flyway.
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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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120 MW Skipjack Maryland Offshore Project Application

Source/Sponsor: 
Deepwater Wind
Creator/Author: 
Deepwater Wind
Description: 

Skipjack Offshore Energy LLC applied on Nov. 30 with the Maryland Public Service Commission for approval of a 120-MW wind project that would qualify for a Maryland set-aside program for offshore wind energy. The Skipjack Wind Farm is designed to help the State of Maryland meet its clean energy needs, while satisfying the requirements of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013.

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Publication Date: 
Monday, December 5, 2016
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Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Plan Research Activities Plan

Source/Sponsor: 
Dominion Resources
Creator/Author: 
Dominion Resources
Description: 

The Research Activities Plan describes Dominion' s project to install two advanced-technology, 6-megawatt wind turbines in federal waters about 24 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. At peak production, the turbines would generate enough electricity to power up to 3,000 homes. Current bids for constructing the project range from about $300 million to $380 million, compared with an initial estimate of about $230 million.

This document was submitted to BOEM in December, 2013 and most recently revised in April, 2015. The full report can be found here.

In May, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy announced its withdrawal of $40 million in funding. Dominion planned to consult with other members of VOWTAP to decide on the next steps. 

Publication Date: 
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Resource Type: 
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Marine Wildlife Survey Results from BOEM and MassCEC

Source/Sponsor: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Mass Clean Energy Center
Creator/Author: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Mass Clean Energy Center
Description: 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) announce the results of two new multi-year marine wildlife survey efforts that focus on collecting baseline biological occurrence and distribution data for whale, turtle, and bird species within the Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) offshore Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The wildlife surveys found that the Massachusetts and Rhode Island WEAs avoid the high concentrations of protected species of whales, turtles and seabirds in these areas.

Reports:

Abundance and Distribution of Seabirds off Southeastern Massachusetts, 2011-2015.

Northeast Large Pelagic Survey Collaborative Aerial and Acoustic Surveys for Large Whales and Sea Turtles.

 

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Resource Type: 
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NYSERDA Releases Blueprint for New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Creator/Author: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Description: 

To develop its offshore wind resource responsibly and thoughtfully, New York State is crafting an Offshore Wind Master Plan (Master Plan). While the Master Plan is not expected to be released until 2017, this initial Blueprint serves to outline New York State’s comprehensive offshore wind strategy and advance the State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, September 16, 2016
14 MB
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