Jeff Thaler of the University of Maine produced this roadmap on behalf of the Maine Composites Alliance, the Maine Wind Industry Initiative, and the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine. The entire permitting process for an offshore wind project in Maine is laid out, step-by-step. The roadmap includes all the relevent state level regulations, as well as the necessary federal level requirements.
Siting, Leasing, & Permitting
(Generation, Transmission, & Grid Interconnection)
Judge Sterns provides his opinion for dismissing the case of Town of Barnstable v. Ann Berwick, on 11th amendment grounds. The Plaintiffs failed to distinguish how their claim was different from previous claims that were dismissed. The opinion is based on previous decisions and makes no statement on the wind farm placement.
The DC Circuit Court upheld that the Cape Wind project would present no hazard as it pertains to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA had previously declared the turbines would not have an effect on radar systems in 2011, and this ruling upheld that decision.
NRDC provides public comments in support of the Block Island Wind Farm, with recommendations to protect marine life.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides a technical report on the two leasing areas that were a part of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management auction, evaluating the areas’ geography and wind energy potential.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) makes a public notice that they received an unsolicited request from the New York Power Authority for a commercial offshore wind power lease. This notice will lead to an open period for other proposals.
During a meeting on offshore wind development in New York, the Department of State gave a presentation on the current state of development. These are slides to that presentation
The Blueprint outlines 13 actions and policy recommendations to modernize the New York power generation and transmission systems to achieve safety, reliability, affordability, and sustainability goals. Included is a recommendation to perform resource characterization studies for Atlantic offshore wind development, and an evaluation of cost recovery options, for an estimated $2-$5 million by 2014.
The application enables users to view current measured and modeled meteorological conditions along the coast and across the waters of Virginia.
Appendix U contains a navigational risk assessment of potential risks to navigation safety as a result of the construction, installation, operation, and placement of the Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System.