In order to seize emerging offshore wind opportunities, the United States Department of the Interior (DOI), and the participating states enter into this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate Federal-state cooperation and coordination for the efficient, expeditious, orderly, and responsible development of the significant wind resources of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) along the Atlantic coast through collaborative efforts on issues of mutual interest. This partnership serves as the first step toward a goal of broader collaboration and coordinated effort among the Atlantic states and other relevant Federal Agencies that are critical to the development of the offshore wind industry.
Government Policy & Regulation
This NREL analysis takes a look at the US offshore wind market and discusses the barriers and challenges to growing the industry. Technological advances, siting strategies, risk reduction, and accelerated permitting can all play a significant role in driving the US market.
This report is intended to provide offshore wind industry stakeholders a basis for evaluating potential cost saving installation, operation, and maintenance (IO&M) strategies and technologies.
Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduction of legislation encouraging investment in offshore wind. The legislation would would amend Section 48 of the tax code by creating an investment offshore wind tax credit for the first 3,000 MW offshore wind facilities placed into service.
Report of committee comprised of legislative committee comprised of three senate members and three house members which details advantages and challenges of offshore wind in New Hampshire. The study provides recommendations for developing offshore wind in the Northeast region.
This resolve extends the authority to issue bonds for the University of Maine's offshore wind energy demonstration site previously authorized in June 2010. These funds are required to complete construction of the offshore wind energy demonstration site already under construction at the university.
Renewable Energy credits for offshore wind projects. This bill expands the definition of "tidal energy demonstration project" under the aws governing general permits for tidal energy demonstration projects to cover so-called tidal range projects, which extract energy from the differential head across a marine enclosure. The bill further directs the Public Utilities Commission to conduct an additional competitive solicitation of proposals for tidal energy demonstration projects and increases the allowed capacity derived from tidal energy demonstration projects to 30 megawatts and total allowed capacity contracted for by the commission to 45 megawatts. The bill also allows utilities to enter into long term contracts for deepwater offshore wind.
Encourages energy development with the inclusion of offshore wind. The Legislature finds that it is in the public interest to improve the process for the siting and permitting of grid-scale wind energy development by ensuring against undue environmental economic impacts from wind energy developments both individually and cumulatively.
A new study, conducted by the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind for the Energy Research and Development Authority, offers a roadmap of key strategic steps can take to reduce costs of offshore wind power over the next decade. The study finds that ongoing technology and industry advances combined with actions could take, independently or with other states, could lower costs for offshore wind power as much as 50 percent and bring the clean-energy source closer to realizing its potential for "delivering utility-scale renewable electric generation" to and nearby areas such as .
The study identifies multiple paths for reducing offshore wind power costs in , emphasizing that the "State can take actions in the near term to lower its costs substantially, independent of expected external reductions over the next decade." The study finds that taking advantage of wind turbine innovations and other technology and industry advances could lower costs about 20 percent. Direct steps taken by could contribute up to an additional 30 percent reduction in a project's cost.http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/File%20Library/About/SIOW/New-York-Offshore-Wind-Cost-Reduction-Study-ff8-2.pdf
Building on and updating the 2008 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report, the new Wind Vision Report quantifies the economic, environmental, and social benefits of a robust wind energy future and the actions that wind stakeholders can take to make it a reality. http://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/WindVision_Report_final.pdf