The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board denied a permit extension to Cape Wind Associates for two power lines for its proposed offshore wind farm. The "tentative decision" was based on the improbablity of Cape Wind Associates' ability to start construction by mid-2017.
Government Policy & Regulation
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced its first step toward potential leasing for commercial wind energy development in federal waters offshore California. BOEM has completed an initial review of an unsolicited lease request from Trident Winds, LLC (Trident Winds) for a floating wind energy project offshore Morro Bay, California, deemed the request complete, and will soon issue a Federal Register Notice to determine if there is competitive interest in the area.
More information is available at www.boem.gov/california/.
BOEM has accepted a 400-megawatt project lease for a $1.6 billion offshore wind farm 10 miles southeast of Barbers Point in West Oahu. A full report by BOEM on activities in Hawaii can be found here.
The bill instructs the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to open a new window for applications for small offshore wind projects off the coast of Atlantic City. This would require the BPU to again review the Fishermen's Energy project. Approval is still required from Governonr Chris Christie.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that called for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to reconsider applications for smaller offshore wind projects, including the proposed 25 MW, $200 million Fishermen's Energy project.
The Department of Energy's final Environmental Assessment found that the construction and operation of wind turbine generators off the coast of Atlantic City, N.J. would not be a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment as defined by the National Environmental Policy Act. A pdf of the EA can be found here (49.9 MB).
The Department of Energy issued a Finding of No Significant Impact and the final Environmental Assessment of Fishermen's Atlantic City Windfarm project. The full article is here.
On November 16, 2012, a lease was executed with Bluewater Wind Delaware. The lease was amended on October 3, 2014 to extend the site assessment term to 7 years from 5 years.