Government Policy & Regulation

BOEM Publishes Request for Feedback on Future Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing

Source/Sponsor: 
BOEM
Creator/Author: 
BOEM
Description: 
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is conducting a high-level assessment of all waters offshore the United States Atlantic Coast for potential future offshore wind lease locations.
 
BOEM is seeking input on the Proposed Path Forward for Future Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf through a Request for Feedback (RFF) that published in the Federal Register on April 6, 2018.
 
BOEM is considering multiple factors to help assess which geographic areas along the Atlantic are the most likely to have highest potential for successful offshore wind development. 
 
BOEM is seeking input on all aspects of our proposed path forward, but particularly, the merits of these factors and whether there are other factors that should be considered at this preliminary stage.
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Friday, April 6, 2018
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BOEM Announces NOI for Vineyard Wind COP

Source/Sponsor: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Description: 

On March 30, 2018, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced its Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind LLC (Vineyard Wind) that would allow it to construct and operate an 800 megawatt (MW) wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, March 30, 2018
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New Jersey's Executive Order to Promote Offshore Wind

Source/Sponsor: 
State of New Jersey
Creator/Author: 
Governor Phil Murphy
Description: 
Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order directing the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to fully implement the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act and to begin the process of moving the state toward a goal of 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy generation by the year 2030.
 
Under the Order, BPU will implement the OREC program by approving financial plans submitted by offshore wind developers. After the creation of a process to approve such plans, the BPU will issue a solicitation calling for proposed offshore wind projects for the generation of 1,100 megawatts of electric power. Finally, the Executive Order instructs the BPU to engage with neighboring states on the potential benefits of regional collaboration on offshore wind.
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Publication Date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
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New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan Released

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Creator/Author: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Description: 

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has coordinated on behalf of the State all the work being conducted by New York State agencies in the development of offshore wind resources. As part of its leadership role, NYSERDA spearheaded the development of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, a comprehensive roadmap that encourages the development of offshore wind in a manner that is sensitive to environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues while addressing market barriers and aiming to lower costs.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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Maine Establishes the Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission

Source/Sponsor: 
Gov. Paul R. Lepage
Creator/Author: 
Gov. Paul R. Lepage
Description: 

Maine Gov. Paul R. Lepage has issued an order establishing the Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission to study economic impacts of potential wind turbines, assess the economic impact of expedited wind rules and procedures, and develop recommendations in a written report. Until the report is issued in writing, no permits related to wind turbines are permitted. The order notes that "the scenic vistas and pristine waters of Western Maine, our coast and coastal islands, and our significant avian migratory pathways attract significant tourism to the State."

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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BOEM Draft Guidance on Use of a Project Design Envelope

Source/Sponsor: 
BOEM
Creator/Author: 
BOEM
Description: 
Before a lessee may build an offshore wind energy facility on their commercial wind lease, they must submit a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) for review and approval by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) (see 30 CFR 585.620(C)). Pursuant to 30 CFR 585.626, the COP must include a description of all planned facilities, including onshore and support facilities, as well as anticipated project easement needs for the project. It must also describe the activities related to the project including construction, commercial operations, maintenance, decommissioning, and site clearance procedures. There are benefits to allowing lessees to describe a reasonable range of project designs in a COP, because of the project complexity, the unpredictability of the environment in which it will be constructed, and/or the rapid pace of technological development within the industry.
 
In the renewable energy industry, a permit application or plan that describes a reasonable range of project designs is referred to as taking a Project Design Envelope (PDE) approach. BOEM has decided that it will give offshore renewable energy lessees the option to use a PDE approach when submitting a COP. This draft guidance outlines the use of a PDE approach in a COP. This PDE approach is an entirely voluntary option.
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Publication Date: 
Friday, January 12, 2018
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New Hampshire to Study Off-Shore Wind

Source/Sponsor: 
Rep. Cushing
Creator/Author: 
Rep. Cushing
Description: 

New Hampshire's Rep. Cushing has introduced HB 1611 which would establish a committee to study off-shore wind energy development.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018
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Massachusetts RFP for 400 MW of Offshore Wind Generation

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Creator/Author: 
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Description: 
In coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the state’s investor-owned electric distribution companies (Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co., d/b/a Unitil; Massachusetts Electric Co., d/b/a National Grid; Nantucket Electric Co., d/b/a National Grid; NSTAR Electric Co. d/b/a Eversource Energy; and Western Massachusetts Electric Co., d/b/a Eversource Energy) issued a joint RFP for 400 MW of offshore wind generation. 
 
Bids were received from Bay State Wind, Deepwater Wind, and Vineyard Wind. The bids can be viewed here.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017
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NYSERDA Letter to BOEM Regarding New York State's Area for Consideration

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Creator/Author: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Description: 

This letter submits an Area for Consideration for BOEM's Area Identification Process. Within the Area for Consideration, BOEM is urged to expediciously identify at least four new Wind Energy Areas (WEA), each capable of supporting at lease 800 MW, and to conduct lease auctions for these WEAs.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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New York State Area for Consideration for Offshore Wind Areas Map

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Creator/Author: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Description: 

New York State submitted maps to BOEM of the four Wind Energy Areas within the Area for Consideration. As part of its Offshore Wind Master Plan, New York State began with over 16,000 square miles of area called the Offshore Study Area. The Area of Consideration represents approximately ten percent of the original Offshore Study Area, refined through a rigorous process.

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Monday, October 2, 2017
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