Government Policy & Regulation

House Committee Adopts Amendment Against Maryland Offshore Wind

Source/Sponsor: 
Representative Andy Harris (MD-01)
Creator/Author: 
Representative Andy Harris (MD-01)
Description: 

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.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017
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BOEM Approves Bay State Wind Site Assessment Plan for Massachusetts

Source/Sponsor: 
North American Wind Power
Creator/Author: 
Betsy Lillian
Description: 
Bay State Wind’s site assessment plan (SAP) has been approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Bay State Wind is a utility-scale wind project proposed off the coast of Massachusetts. DONG Energy and Eversource make up the Bay State Wind joint venture.
 
This is BOEM’s first approval of an offshore wind SAP. Bay State Wind will submit a proposal to Massachusetts utilities for contracts which will be awarded in 2018.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017
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Massachusetts Issues RFP for Long-Term Contracts for Offshore Wind Energy Projects

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts DOER, Unitil, National Grid, Eversource Energy
Creator/Author: 
Massachusetts DOER, Unitil, National Grid, Eversource Energy
Description: 

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.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Durham, NH Town Council Supports Efforts to Develop Wind Power Off the NH Coast

Source/Sponsor: 
Town of Durham, New Hampshire
Creator/Author: 
Town of Durham, New Hampshire
Description: 
The Durham Town Council adopted Resolution #2017-21 supporting efforts to develop wind power off the New Hampshire coast, and urging Governor Sununu to make a formal request to the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to form a Task Force and stakeholder process to plan for regional offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine. 
 
The resolution passed by a 7 - 1 majority. Durham is the first community in the Seacoast region (southeast area of NH) to pass such a measure.
 
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Monday, June 5, 2017
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Maryland PSC Case Files for U.S. Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy OREC Proceeding

Source/Sponsor: 
Maryland Public Service Commission
Creator/Author: 
Maryland Public Service Commission
Description: 

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

Publication Date: 
Friday, June 16, 2017
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Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development Act Reintroduced

Source/Sponsor: 
Senators Edward J. Markey (MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), and Congressman Jim Langevin (RI)
Creator/Author: 
Senators Edward J. Markey (MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), and Congressman Jim Langevin (RI)
Description: 

The Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development (Offshore WIND) Act would extend the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit for offshore wind through 2025. The 2015 omnibus bill extended the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for wind until 2019. But because of the longer planning and permitting times currently needed for offshore wind, the Department of Energy has found that no additional offshore wind projects are projected to be able to qualify for these tax credits before they expire.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
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Massachusetts Utilities File Revised RFP for 400 MW of Offshore Wind Energy Generation

Source/Sponsor: 
Unitil, National Grid and Eversource Energy
Creator/Author: 
Keegan Werlin LLP
Description: 

Unitil, National Grid and Eversource Energy are seeking to procure a total of 400 MW of offshore wind energy generation. This solicitation also allows bidders to offer proposals for up to approximately 800 MW, and the companies will consider procuring up to approximately 800 MW if the Evaluation Team determines that a larger-scaled proposal is both superior to other proposals submitted in response to this RFP and is likely to produce significantly more economic net benefits to ratepayers based on the evaluation criteria set forth in this RFP. To support development of the offshore wind energy market, the companies are seeking proposals that include expandable, nondiscriminatory, open-access offshore transmission facilities for the efficient delivery of their power to the Onshore Transmission System.

This revised RFP addresses the definition of "Offshore Delivery Facilities" as well as spelling, grammar, and spacing issues.

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Friday, May 5, 2017
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Massachusetts Utilities File Initial RFP for 400 MW of Offshore Wind Energy Generation

Source/Sponsor: 
Unitil, National Grid and Eversource Energy
Creator/Author: 
Keegan Werlin LLP
Description: 

Unitil, National Grid and Eversource Energy are seeking to procure a total of 400 MW of offshore wind energy generation. This solicitation also allows bidders to offer proposals for up to approximately 800 MW, and the companies will consider procuring up to approximately 800 MW if the Evaluation Team determines that a larger-scaled proposal is both superior to other proposals submitted in response to this RFP and is likely to produce significantly more economic net benefits to ratepayers based on the evaluation criteria set forth in this RFP. To support development of the offshore wind energy market, the companies are seeking proposals that include expandable, nondiscriminatory, open-access offshore transmission facilities for the efficient delivery of their power to the Onshore Transmission System.

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Friday, April 28, 2017
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BOEM Reassignment of Delaware Lease

Source/Sponsor: 
BOEM
Creator/Author: 
BOEM
Description: 

On December 2, 2016, BOEM received an application to assign 100% of commercial lease OCS-A 0482 to GSOE I, LLC. BOEM approved the assignment on December 20, 2016. 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
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Maryland PSC Awards ORECS to U.S. Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC

Source/Sponsor: 
Maryland Public Service Commission
Creator/Author: 
Maryland Public Service Commission
Description: 
The Maryland Public Service Commission has awarded offshore wind renewable energy credits (ORECs) to two projects to be built off the coast of Maryland. This decision will enable U.S. Wind, Inc. and Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC to construct 368 megawatts of capacity, together yielding over $1.8 billion of in-state spending, creating almost 9,700 new direct and indirect jobs and contributing $74 million in state tax revenues over 20 years. 
 
Each company is awarded ORECs at a levelized price of $131.93 per megawatt-hour (MWh) for a term of 20 years, beginning in January 2021 for U.S. Wind and 2023 for Skipjack. According to the Commission’s independent consultant, Levitan & Associates, Inc., the net ratepayer bill impacts associated with the Commission’s approval are projected to be less than $1.40 per month for residential customers and less than a 1.4 percent impact on the annual bills of commercial and industrial (C&I) customers – both less than the ratepayer impacts authorized by the enabling legislation, the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013. Those impacts will not take effect until electricity is actually generated by the projects. U.S. Wind’s project is expected to be operational in early 2020; Skipjack anticipates being in operation near the end of 2022.
 
In Order No. 88192 in Case No. 9431, the Commission attached nearly 30 conditions to the approval, including requirements that the developers create a minimum of 4,977 direct jobs during the development, construction and operating phases of the projects; pass 80 percent of any construction costs savings to ratepayers; and contribute $6 million each to the Maryland Offshore Wind Business Development Fund.
 
The companies will be required to use port facilities in the greater Baltimore region and Ocean City for construction and operations and maintenance activities. The developers must invest collectively at least $76 million in a steel fabrication plant in Maryland and together fund at least $39.6 million to support port upgrades at the Tradepoint Atlantic (formerly Sparrows Point) shipyard in Baltimore County.
 
Order No. 88192 can be downloaded below.
 
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