Siting, Leasing, & Permitting

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Will Communities "open-up" to Offshore Wind?

Source/Sponsor: 
Energy Research & Social Science
Creator/Author: 
Sarah C. Klein, Terre Satterfield, Suzanne MacDonald, Nicholas Battista, Kai M.A. Chan
Description: 
In this study published in Volume 34 of Energy Research & Social Science, the authors conducted interviews and document analysis to assess the extent to which design principles from the analytic- deliberative process literature arose during public engagement on three New England islands adjacent to proposed offshore wind farms. In their study sites—amongst the array of criteria in the literature—good public engagement boiled down to two key themes: enabling bidirectional deliberative learning and providing community benefit. Decision processes perceived as effective occurred when (1) participants, including experts and local stakeholders, learned from each other while reconciling technical expertise with citizen values; and (2) outcomes included the provision of collaboratively negotiated community benefits. The findings highlight that community benefits are not the same as benefits to groups of individuals. Attending to these key themes may improve the quality of interactions among communities, government authorities and developers when deciding if and where to site renewable energy infrastructure. 
 
The study sites were Block Island (RI), Martha's Vineyard (MA), and Monhegan Island (ME).
 
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Publication Date: 
Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Cape Wind Draft Supplemental EIS Available for Comment

Source/Sponsor: 
BOEM
Creator/Author: 
BOEM
Description: 

BOEM has announced the availability of a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Cape Wind Energy Project. The supplement addresses U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and BOEM’s failure to comply with the Endangered Species Act or the National Environmental Policy Act when a lease was issued. These documents can be found on BOEM's website.

Publication Date: 
Thursday, March 30, 2017
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Maine Senator Submits Legislation Prohibiting Placement of Wind Energy Test Area

Source/Sponsor: 
Senator Dana Dow
Creator/Author: 
Maine State Republicans
Description: 
Senator Dana Dow (R-Lincoln) has proposed legislation to block the 12 MW Aqua Ventus wind demonstration project. 
 
LR 1613, “An Act To Protect Monhegan Island,” would prohibit the placement of a wind energy test area – with turbines forecasted to be 585 feet tall – within 10 miles of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area. The measure is intended to safeguard the area's legacy and to protect migratory birds along the North Atlantic Flyway.
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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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Fishing, Diving, and Ecotourism Stakeholder Uses and Habitat Information for North Carolina Wind Energy Call Areas

Source/Sponsor: 
U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
University of North Carolina, Institute of Marine Sciences
Description: 

Researchers from the University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences created maps that integrate new stakeholder information with existing agency data, enabling BOEM to reduce potential user conflicts within leases for offshore wind development. Project objectives were to obtain and convey spatially explicit information indicating where wind energy development can avoid or minimize conflicts with fish, fish habitat, fishing, diving, and ecotourism in the three Call Areas published in December 2012: Wilmington-West, Wilmington-East, and Kitty Hawk on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore of North Carolina.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Benthic Habitat Mapping and Assessment in the Wilmington-East Wind Energy Call Area

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

In 2012, BOEM identified three Wind Energy Call Areas off of North Carolina (US Government, Federal Register Vol 77, No. 240, December 2012): the Kitty Hawk Call Area is located near the North Carolina-Virginia border whereas both the Wilmington-West and Wilmington-East Call Areas are located near the North Carolina-South Carolina border, near Cape Fear and Frying Pan Shoals. In August 2014, BOEM announced three, fully vetted, WEAs offshore of North Carolina, in which each of the three Call Areas were reduced in size. This research project examined the seafloor and benthic communities in the Wilmington-East Call Area with some assessments focused on the smaller Wilmington-East WEA.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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Commercial Wind Energy Leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore North Carolina

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

BOEM has defined three Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) offshore North Carolina. The Kitty Hawk WEA begins about 24 nautical miles (nm) from shore and extends approximately 25.7 nm in a general southeast direction at its widest point. Its seaward extent ranges from 13.5 nm in the north to .6 nm in the south. It contains approximately 21.5 OCS blocks (122,405 acres). The Wilmington West WEA begins about 10 nm from shore and extends approximately 12.3 nm in an east-west direction at its widest point. It contains just over 9 OCS blocks (approximately 51,595 acres). The Wilmington East WEA begins about 15 nm from Bald Head Island at its closest point and extends approximately 18 nm in the southeast direction at its widest point. It contains approximately 25 OCS blocks (133,590 acres).

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 7, 2014
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Revised Environmental Assessment for Commercial Wind Lease Issuance and Site Assessment Activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Offshore North Carolina

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

BOEM is announcing the availability of a revised Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for commercial wind lease issuance, site characterization activities (geophysical, geotechnical, archaeological, and biological surveys), and site assessment activities (including the installation and operation of a meteorological tower and/ or buoys) on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf offshore North Carolina. The revised EA provides a discussion of potential impacts of the proposed action and an analysis of reasonable alternatives to the proposed action.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 2015
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Geophysical Mapping and Identification of Paleolandscapes and Historic Shipwrecks Offshore South Carolina

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

BOEM conducted detailed surveys to assess the geoarchaeological potential of pre-historic habitation at select sites and to provide baseline information concerning the potential to identify prehistoric and relict landforms, historic shipwrecks and objects, and hazardous MEC/UXO lying in the SC-OCS.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, June 1, 2012
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Evaluation of Visual Impact on Cultural Resources/Historic Properties:  North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Florida Straits

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

This investigation is intended to provide a baseline of cultural information that will inform preliminary planning decisions regarding renewable energy development in the Atlantic Region and assist in compliance with NHPA and NEPA with respect to the placement of off-shore energy facilities. It identifies known cultural resources/historic properties that could be visually affected, as well as publicly accessible cultural resources/historic properties that could be socio-economically impacted due to diminished levels of visitation. 

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Publication Date: 
Friday, June 1, 2012
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Environmental Assessment, Lease Issuance for Wind Resources Data Collection on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Georgia

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

BOEM prepared this Environmental Assessment (EA) to consider the reasonably foreseeable environmental consequences of lease issuance and, in particular, whether issuing a lease will result in significant environmental impacts. The activities associated with the EA include 1) site characterization surveys; and, 2) site assessment activities.

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Publication Date: 
Saturday, March 1, 2014
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