Government Policy & Regulation
Representative Stivers' amendment to Division D of H.R. 3219, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 (Make American Secure Appropriations Act, 2018), would deny funding from this division to be used for the Cape Wind Energy Project.
- Require the Secretary of Treasury to consult with the Secretaries of Energy and Interior when establishing the credit;
- Provide a 30 percent tax credit on the investment in offshore wind for the first 3,000 MW generated;
- Give Treasury the authority to make the final decision on who is awarded the tax credit. Once a credit is awarded, companies would have five years to install the wind facility;
- Prohibit companies from receiving other production or investment tax credits in addition to the offshore wind investment tax credit created under the bill; and
- Define offshore facility as any facility located in the inland navigable waters of the United States, including the Great Lakes, or in the coastal waters of the United States, including the territorial seas of the United States, the exclusive economic zone of United States, and the outer Continental Shelf of the United States.
Connecticut’s House Bill 7036, which was signed by the governor on July 27, 2017, permits the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to select proposals from providers for up to 3% of the state’s electrical distribution load from offshore wind resources.
On July 18,2017, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment introduced by Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) to the Interior Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018. This amendment blocks the use of federal funds to conduct reviews of site assessment or construction and operation plans for wind turbines less than 24 nautical miles from the State of Maryland shoreline – the distance at which the turbines would not be visible from the shoreline and affecting the viewscape. The bill can be found here. Dowload the amendment below.
Massachusetts' state investor-owned electric distribution companies in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources have issued an RFP for 400 MW of offshore wind generation (including RECs) and the associated transmission. The contracts are for a 15 - 20 year period. The projects must enter commercial operations before January 1, 2027.
The case jacket for filings related to the applications of U.S. Wind, Inc. and Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC for the proposed offshore wind project(s) pursuant to the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 can be found here.