Government Policy & Regulation

2016 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report Released by DOE

Source/Sponsor: 
U.S. Department of Energy
Creator/Author: 
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Description: 
The 2016 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and is intended to provide offshore wind policymakers, regulators, developers, researchers, engineers, financiers, and supply chain participants, with quantitative information about the offshore wind market, technology, and cost trends in the United States and worldwide. 
 
In particular, this report is intended to provide detailed information on the domestic offshore wind industry to provide context to help navigate technical and market barriers and opportunities. The scope of the report covers the status of the 111 operating offshore wind projects in the global fleet through December 31, 2016, and provides the status and analysis on a broader pipeline of 593 projects at some stage of development. In addition, this report provides a wider assessment of domestic developments and events through the second quarter of 2017 to provide a more up-to-date discussion of this dynamically evolving industry.
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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
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Delaware Establishes Offshore Wind Working Group

Source/Sponsor: 
State of Delaware
Creator/Author: 
State of Delaware
Description: 
Delaware Governor John Carney on August 28, 2017 signed an executive order establishing the Offshore Wind Working Group to study potential environmental and economic development benefits of offshore wind development to serve Delaware.
 
The working group will begin meeting in September and will review economic opportunities and environmental benefits of offshore wind development, and the costs and benefits of developing offshore wind. Working group members also will review laws and regulations governing the development of renewable energy, and recommend changes. Additionally, they will identify barriers and opportunities involved in developing offshore wind to benefit Delawareans.
 
By December 15, 2017, the working group will submit a report to the Governor that makes recommendations on short- and long-term strategies for developing wind power to serve Delaware, and plans to develop job opportunities in the offshore wind industry. The group also will draft any necessary legislation, including possible amendments to Delaware’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act.
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Publication Date: 
Monday, August 28, 2017
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Proposed Amendment to H.R. 3219 Concerning Funding of Cape Wind Energy Project

Source/Sponsor: 
Representative Steve Stivers, Ohio
Creator/Author: 
Representative Steve Stivers, Ohio
Description: 

Representative Stivers' amendment to Division D of H.R. 3219, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 (Make American Secure Appropriations Act, 2018), would deny funding from this division to be used for the Cape Wind Energy Project.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 20, 2017
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Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act introduced in Senate

Source/Sponsor: 
Tom Carper (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME)
Creator/Author: 
Tom Carper (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME)
Description: 
Summary of the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act
 
In order to recognize the longer start-up time for offshore wind facilities as compared to onshore wind facilities, this legislation amends Section 48 of the tax code by creating an investment offshore wind tax credit for the first 3,000 MW offshore wind facilities placed into service. The legislation would:
 
  • Require the Secretary of Treasury to consult with the Secretaries of Energy and Interior when establishing the credit;
  • Provide a 30 percent tax credit on the investment in offshore wind for the first 3,000 MW generated;
  • Give Treasury the authority to make the final decision on who is awarded the tax credit. Once a credit is awarded, companies would have five years to install the wind facility;
  • Prohibit companies from receiving other production or investment tax credits in addition to the offshore wind investment tax credit created under the bill; and
  • Define offshore facility as any facility located in the inland navigable waters of the United States, including the Great Lakes, or in the coastal waters of the United States, including the territorial seas of the United States, the exclusive economic zone of United States, and the outer Continental Shelf of the United States.
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Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 3, 2017
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Connecticut Bill Permits Purchase of Offshore Wind

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

Connecticut’s House Bill 7036, which was signed by the governor on July 27, 2017, permits the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to select proposals from providers for up to 3% of the state’s electrical distribution load from offshore wind resources.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, July 28, 2017
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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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Publication Date: 
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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Publication Date: 
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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Publication Date: 
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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Publication Date: 
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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