The Department of the Interior announced that 122,405 acres offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina will be offered in a commercial wind lease sale on March 16, 2017. The Kitty Hawk lease area begins about 24 nautical miles from shore and extends 25.7 nautical miles in a general southeast direction. Its seaward extent ranges from 13.5 nautical miles in the north to .6 of a nautical mile in the south. More information is available on the BOEM website.
Government Policy & Regulation
US Wind's offshore wind farm application is one of two being considered by Maryland's Public Service Commission. The farm would consist of 187 turbines off the Ocean City coast. The 750 MW farm would produce enough power for more than 500,000 Maryland homes.
Offshore wind energy will play an important role in helping New York State achieve its clean energy goals. To develop this valuable resource responsibly and thoughtfully, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is crafting an Offshore Wind Master Plan to outline the State’s comprehensive offshore wind strategy. NYSERDA is issuing an RFP to establish a pool of qualified contractors to assist with the development of the Offshore Wind Master Plan and associated offshore wind energy activities in New York. Proposals are due by Jan. 12, 2017.
This presentation reviews Virginia's offshore wind background and accomplishments. It addresses VOWTAP project specifics
This article examines trends in cumulative purchased federal leases for offshore wind land areas with an emphasis on Atlantic coast activity.
The Research Activities Plan describes Dominion' s project to install two advanced-technology, 6-megawatt wind turbines in federal waters about 24 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. At peak production, the turbines would generate enough electricity to power up to 3,000 homes. Current bids for constructing the project range from about $300 million to $380 million, compared with an initial estimate of about $230 million.
This document was submitted to BOEM in December, 2013 and most recently revised in April, 2015. The full report can be found here.
In May, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy announced its withdrawal of $40 million in funding. Dominion planned to consult with other members of VOWTAP to decide on the next steps.
The Maryland PSC announced that two offshore wind project applications were submitted, found to be administratively complete, and found to have met the minimum threshold criteria. The applicants are (i) US Wind, Inc., a subsidiary of Toto Holding SpA, and (ii) Skipjack Offshore Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of Deepwater Wind Holdings, LLC. The Maryland PSC announced a docketed proceeding to conduct a multipart review to evaluate and compare the applications.
H.B. 7413 enacted on June 2016 extends the state Renewable Energy Standard (RES) to 2035, which was previously set to expire at the end of 2019. The RES is set to increase by 1.5% annually, thereby requiring 38.5% of the total retail electricity be obtained from eligible renewable resources by 2035.
On August 12, 2016, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced the release of the Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 7 Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) and Request for Interest (RFI) for 122,405 acres offshore North Carolina.
The report states that Maine met the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2010. Maine’s gross state product continued to increase while energy consumption and emissions declined.