Government Policy & Regulation

BOEM Awards North Carolina Competitive Lease Sale

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

On March 16, 2017, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank announced the completion of the nation’s seventh competitive lease sale for renewable wind energy in federal waters. A Wind Energy Area of 122,405 acres offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina received the high bid of $9,066,650 from Avangrid Renewables, LLC, the provisional winner.

BOEM has been working with the North Carolina Renewable Energy Task Force since 2010 to identify an area of sufficient size for offshore wind development, while avoiding ecologically sensitive areas and multiple use conflicts. The North Carolina lease area, designated OCS-A 0508, 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.

Using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s estimates of 3 megawatts (MW) per square kilometer, the lease area has a potential generating capacity of 1,486 MW, enough energy to power more than 500,000 homes. The actual size of the wind energy project will be determined by the developer.

 

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Friday, March 17, 2017
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BOEM Announces Lease Requests for NY and MA Projects

Source/Sponsor: 
North American Windpower
Creator/Author: 
Betsy Lillian
Description: 
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) says it has received unsolicited lease requests from two companies looking to develop wind projects offshore New York and Massachusetts.
 
The requests, which are for areas on the Outer Continental Shelf, are not in response to a formal call for interest, the agency notes. BOEM says it has finished its review of the requests and deemed them complete. Moreover, it has reviewed the applicants’ qualification materials and determined that the companies are legally, technically and financially qualified to pursue the leases.
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Publication Date: 
Monday, March 13, 2017
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Interior Department Announces 122,000 Acre Offshore North Carolina Auction

Source/Sponsor: 
Department of the Interior
Creator/Author: 
Department of the Interior
Description: 

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.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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US Wind Applies to Maryland PSC for 750 MW Project

Source/Sponsor: 
US Wind
Creator/Author: 
US Wind
Description: 

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.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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NYSERDA RFP Seeks Offshore Wind Consultants

Source/Sponsor: 
NYSERDA
Creator/Author: 
NYSERDA
Description: 

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.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project - Task Force Meeting

Source/Sponsor: 
Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project
Creator/Author: 
Dominion Virginia Power
Description: 

This presentation reviews Virginia's offshore wind background and accomplishments. It addresses VOWTAP project specifics

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Federal Leasing for Offshore Wind Grows

Source/Sponsor: 
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Creator/Author: 
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Description: 

This article examines trends in cumulative purchased federal leases for offshore wind land areas with an emphasis on Atlantic coast activity. 

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Publication Date: 
Friday, December 2, 2016
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Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Plan Research Activities Plan

Source/Sponsor: 
Dominion Resources
Creator/Author: 
Dominion Resources
Description: 

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. 

Publication Date: 
Sunday, December 1, 2013
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Maryland PSC Announces Proceeding to Evaluate Offshore Wind Projects

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

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.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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Rhode Island H.B.7413

Source/Sponsor: 
Rhode Island General Assembly
Creator/Author: 
Reps. Ruggiero, Jacquard, Craven, Carson, and O'Grady
Description: 

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.

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Friday, January 29, 2016
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