Government Policy & Regulation

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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Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017
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Massachusetts House Passes Energy Bill for 1600 MW of Offshore Wind

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts Legislature
Creator/Author: 
Massachusetts Legislature
Description: 
Lawmakers in the Massachusetts House have overwhelmingly approved a compromise bill (H. 4568) that targets more wind and hydro power, but which fell short of the Senate's more aggressive proposal and did not expand on utilities' renewable portfolio standards.
 
While Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to sign the bill, critics called it "shortsighted" and expressed hope that some issues, like RPS expansions, would be revisited down the line. https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H4568 
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Publication Date: 
Monday, August 1, 2016
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Recommended Criteria and Process for the Evaluation and Selection of Offshore Wind Applications

Source/Sponsor: 
Maryland Public Service Commission Staff
Creator/Author: 
Levitan & Associates, Inc.
Description: 
Under Maryland’s Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013, § 7-704.2(f) of the PUA requires the Commission to issue a comprehensive set of Regulations implementing the Act by July 1, 2014. The Commission's commercial and technical advisors have prepared this report to make certain that the Commission's offshore wind procurement, evaluation, and selection process (i) is as fair, transparent, and workable as possible, (ii) leads to robust and competitive bids, and (iii) preserves the ratepayer protections defined in the Act.
 
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Publication Date: 
Friday, April 4, 2014
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Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013

Source/Sponsor: 
State of Maryland
Creator/Author: 
State of Maryland
Description: 

The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 requires a maximum of 2.5% of retail electricity to be generated from offshore wind starting in 2017. The wind carve-out is part of the Tier 1 requirement. The Act promotes Maryland's economy by requiring offshore projects to favor in-state manufacturing in order to be considered by the Maryland Public Service Commission.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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Interior Department Auctions Over 79,000 acres offshore New York for Wind Energy Development

Source/Sponsor: 
US Department of Interior
Creator/Author: 
BOEM
Description: 

BOEM has announced the completion of the nation's sixth competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters. The provisionsal winner of the lease is Statoil Wind US LLC. 79, 350 acres offshore New York have been leased to Statoil for $42, 469, 725.

https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-auctions-over-7900...https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-auctions-over-79000-acres-offshore-new-york-wind-energy

Publication Date: 
Friday, December 16, 2016
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H.4568, An Act to Promote Energy Diversity

Source/Sponsor: 
General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Creator/Author: 
General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Description: 

Both houses of the Massachusetts General Court passed this version of "An Act to Promote Energy Diversity" and Governor Charlie Baker signed it.  This comprehensive energy legislation allows for the procurement of approximately 1,600MW of offshore wind. As described in the Governor's press release about the legislation, "It also requires utilities to competitively solicit and contract for approximately 1,200 megawatts (MW)  of clean energy generation – base load hydropower, onshore wind and solar supported by hydropower, standalone onshore wind, solar, or other Class I renewable resources."

Read more about this bill and download it as a pdf at: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H4568

Publication Date: 
Monday, August 8, 2016
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Press Release on Governor Baker Signing Comprehensive Energy Diversity Legislation

Source/Sponsor: 
Office of the Governor of Massachusetts
Creator/Author: 
Office of the Governor of Massachusetts
Description: 

Governor Charlie Baker signed into law H.4568, An Act Relative to Energy Diversity. This comprehensive energy legislation allows for the procurement of approximately 1,600MW of offshore wind. "It also requires utilities to competitively solicit and contract for approximately 1,200 megawatts (MW)  of clean energy generation – base load hydropower, onshore wind and solar supported by hydropower, standalone onshore wind, solar, or other Class I renewable resources."  This document is on the website of the Governor of Massachusetts.

Read the press release at: http://www.mass.gov/governor/press-office/press-releases/fy2017/governor-baker-signs-comprehensive-energy-diversity-law.html

Publication Date: 
Monday, August 8, 2016
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New York Governor Cuomo Proposes Development of up to 2.4 GW of offshore wind by 2030

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State
Creator/Author: 
NY Governor's Office
Description: 
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has called on the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to approve what would be the nation’s largest offshore wind farm. In addition, the governor has proposed a commitment to develop up to 2.4 GW of offshore wind off the coast of New York by 2030. The 2.4 MW offshore wind proposal represents the largest offshore wind commitment in U.S. history.
 
Deepwater Wind’s proposed 90 MW South Fork project would be situated roughly 30 miles southeast of Montauk, N.Y. According to a press release from Cuomo, LIPA has indicated that contract negotiations are close to being completed, and the project will be voted on at its January meeting.
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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Long Island Power Authority Approves 20-year Contract with Deepwater Wind

Source/Sponsor: 
Long Island Power Authority
Creator/Author: 
LIPA
Description: 

 

New York has given the go-ahead to what would be the nation's largest offshore wind farm, a 90 MW installation to be located 30 miles southeast of Montauk and out of sight of Long Island. The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) this week approved a 20-year contract with Deepwater Wind's South Fork Wind Farm, specifying it would pay only for the energy and not construction or operation. Deepwater Wind has said construction on the wind farm could start by 2019 with the project in operation by 2022. http://bit.ly/2nNig4q

New York has given the go-ahead to what would be the nation's largest offshore wind farm, a 90 MW installation to be located 30 miles southeast of Montauk and out of sight of Long Island. The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) this week approved a 20-year contract with Deepwater Wind's South Fork Wind Farm, specifying it would pay only for the energy and not construction or operation. Deepwater Wind has said construction on the wind farm could start by 2019 with the project in operation by 2022.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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Temporary Moratorium on Wind Projects Proposed in North Carolina

Source/Sponsor: 
North American Windpower
Creator/Author: 
Betsy Lillian
Description: 
Citing efforts to protect the state’s military installations, a newly filed bill in the North Carolina Senate is seeking a temporary moratorium on the construction of new wind projects.
 
The Military Operations Protection Act of 2017 – sponsored by Sens. Harry Brown, R-Onslow; Louis Pate, R-Wayne; and Norman Sanderson, R-Pamlico – calls for an independent, data-driven study of the extent and scope of the state’s military operations, as well as the impact that building wind turbines could have on them.
 
On the offshore wind side, Avangrid Renewables recently won a $9 million federal auction to construct a project off Kitty Hawk, N.C.
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Publication Date: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017
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