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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING Between THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR And THE STATES OF MAINE, NEW HAMPSHIRE, MASSACHUSETTS, RHODE ISLAND, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY,DELAWARE, MARYLAND, VIRGINIA,NORTH CAROLINA To CREATE AN ATLANTIC OFFSHORE WIND

Source/Sponsor: 
Hampton Roads Partnership
Creator/Author: 
Hampton Roads Partnership
Description: 

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.

http://www.hrp.org/Site/docs/ResourceLibrary/Atlantic_Consortium_MOU_6_08_10.pdf

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Resource Type: 
Document
Multi-State:

Large-Scale Offshore Wind Power in the United States: Assessment of Opportunities and Barriers

Source/Sponsor: 
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Creator/Author: 
Walter Musial, NREL & Bonnie Ram, Energetics
Description: 

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.  

http://www.nrel.gov/wind/pdfs/40745.pdf

Resource Type: 
Document

Installation, Operation, and Maintenance Strategies to Reduce the Cost of Offshore Wind Energy

Source/Sponsor: 
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Creator/Author: 
B. Maples, G. Saur, and M. Hand National Renewable Energy Laboratory R. van de Pietermen and T. Obdam Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands
Description: 

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.

http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy13osti/57403.pdf

Resource Type: 
Document
Multi-State:

Carper-Collins Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act: Providing incentive tax credits to the first movers in the offshore wind industry

Source/Sponsor: 
Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Creator/Author: 
Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Angus King (I-Maine), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Brian Scha
Description: 

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. 

http://www.carper.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/84e14787-a510-4383-9519-2250f0ed5f86/incentivizing-offshore-wind-power-act2015-summary.pdf

Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Resource Type: 
Document
Multi-State:

Report of the Committee to Study Offshore Wind Energy and the Development of Other Ocean Power Technology

Source/Sponsor: 
Committee to Study Offshore Wind Energy
Creator/Author: 
Representative Robert Cushing, Chair Senator Martha Fuller Clark, Representative Herbert Vadney, Senator Jeff Woodburn, Representative David Borden, Senator Russell Prescott
Description: 

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.

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/StatStudComm/committees/2151/documents/Offshore%20wind%20report.pdf

Resource Type: 
Document

S.P. 546: Resolve, Reauthorizing the Balance of the 2009 Bond Issue for an Offshore Wind Energy Demonstration Project

Source/Sponsor: 
Presented by Senator HAMPER of Oxford
Creator/Author: 
Cosponsored by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston and Senators: CUSHING of Penobscot, KATZ of Kennebec, Representatives: GRANT of Gardiner, MARTIN of Eagle Lake
Description: 

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.

 

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0546&item=1&snum=127

Publication Date: 
Monday, June 15, 2015
Resource Type: 
Document
State: 

S.P. 110: An Act To Promote Tidal Energy Projects

Source/Sponsor: 
Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington
Creator/Author: 
Cosponsored by Representative MAKER of Calais and Senators: COLLINS of York, DAVIS of Piscataquis, HAMPER of Oxford, LANGLEY of Hancock, SAVIELLO of Franklin, Representatives: DeCHANT of Bath, HOBBINS of Saco, TUELL of East Machias
Description: 

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.

 

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0110&item=1&snum=127

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Resource Type: 
Document
State: 

H.P. 904: An Act To Maximize the Benefits of Renewable Energy in Maine

Source/Sponsor: 
Presented by Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick
Creator/Author: 
Cosponsored by Senator WOODSOME of York and Representatives: DUNPHY of Embden, FOLEY of Wells, GROHMAN of Biddeford, HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft, TIMBERLAKE of Turner, WADSWORTH of Hiram, Senator: McCORMICK of Kennebec
Description: 

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.

 

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0904&item=1&snum=127

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Resource Type: 
Document
State: 

New York Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Study

Source/Sponsor: 
Special Initiative on Offshore Wind
Creator/Author: 
Stephanie McClellan
Description: 

A new study, conducted by the University of Delaware's Special Initiative on Offshore Wind for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, offers a roadmap of key strategic steps New York State 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 New York 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 New York City and nearby areas such as Long Island.  

A primary conclusion from the report is that supporting offshore wind development at scale, rather than on a project-by-project basis, could have the greatest impact on reducing costs.  Other actions the report cites that could lower costs include creating and using innovative financing mechanisms, developing infrastructure to reduce costs, and supporting site characterization for early projects to reduce development expenses and risk.

The study notes that while onshore wind development has expanded rapidly in the U.S., no operational offshore wind power projects have been completed to date due to complex construction challenges and the need for operational infrastructure that doesn't exist today in the U.S.  These factors lead to high costs and have delayed deployment.

The study identifies multiple paths for reducing offshore wind power costs in New York State, 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 New York State 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

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Resource Type: 
Document
State: 

Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States

Source/Sponsor: 
Department of Energy
Creator/Author: 
Department of Energy
Description: 

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 

Publication Date: 
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Resource Type: 
Document

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