From the Introduction and Overview: "This report was prepared 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 Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013."
Transmission & Grid Interconnection
(planning, rules, regulations)
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center issues a request for proposals for consulting services on an offshore wind transmission project. The project would provide a transmission cable from a potential offshore wind project in the Wind Energy Area leased out by BOEM to the grid on the mainland.
Cape Wind announces that Prysmian Cables and Systems USA and Caldwell Marine International will be involved in providing the transmission cables that will carry the electricity produced by Cape Wind to the grid. Caldwell Marine will install the submarine intra array and export cables. Prysmian Cables will construct the grid interconnection.
In response to comments from residents of the Town of Narragansett, Deepwater Wind modified the plans for the transmission line connecting Block Island to the mainland. The revised plan buries a .8 mile segment of the transmission line in Narragansett. This document submitted to the US Army Corps of Engineers is a modification to the project’s environmental report. .
On March 13, 2014, National Grid declared an intent to purchase the assets of Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System LLC. The Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers then had 20 days to review National Grid’s filing, and hired La Capra Associates to advise the Division. This memo provides the results of the review.
Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) issues a press release on the proposed New Jersey Energy Link component of AWC’s proposed offshore electric transmission superhighway, and potential effects on the power grid of New Jersey.
Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) gives a detailed presentation on the potential benefits to New Jersey from AWC’s proposed offshore electric transmission superhighway. These are the slides from the presentation.
The NJ BPU summarizes the procedural history of the Atlantic City Windfarm application process.
The Great Lakes Policy Research Network gives a policy brief on the offshore wind development policies and potential for the entire Great Lakes Region. The piece makes the case for more streamlined permitting to advance offshore wind in the Great Lakes.
Deepwater Wind comments publicly on how ocean based offshore wind could affect the New York State Energy Plan. Deepwater Wind argues that offshore wind would meet the needs of the plan for new generation while not having large transmission infrastrucutre costs.