Site Identification & Resource Assessment

New York Releases GEIS for Offshore Wind Energy Procurement

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State Public Service Commission
Creator/Author: 
New York State Department of Public Service, Ecology and Environment, Inc.
Description: 

This Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (draft GEIS), prepared pur- suant to the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), ana- lyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the State’s procurement of this 2.4 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030, and builds upon and incorporates by reference relevant material from NYSERDA’s Offshore Wind Master Plan.

The docket for this matter can be found here.

 

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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NYSERDA Completes Initial Data Collection in an Offshore Wind Area

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Creator/Author: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Description: 
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has completed the first of three years of data collection in an offshore wind area via aerial surveys of birds and marine mammals as the state pursues its goal of achieving 50 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030.
 
The survey is gathering the highest resolution images ever for a project of this scale. With each pixel corresponding to 1.5 centimeters on the ocean surface, the images provide sufficient detail to allow taxonomists to identify the species for an extremely high percentage of the birds and marine animals.
 
A website has been developed for the project that allows the public to see some of the different animals that have been recorded.
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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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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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Maryland Energy Administration High Resolution Geophysical Resource Survey

Source/Sponsor: 
Maryland Energy Administration
Creator/Author: 
Coastal Planning & Engineering, Inc.
Description: 

Coastal Planning & Engineering, Inc., a CB&I Company, was contracted by the Maryland Energy Administration to conduct a high-resolution geophysical survey of the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Maryland in an area designated by the U.S. Department of Interior as the Maryland Wind Energy Area. The main objective of the survey was to collect and compile a comprehensive geophysical dataset as well as identify potential hazards and submerged cultural resources in support of the future development of a large utility-scale wind farm that will supply Maryland electricity consumers with a sustainable source of clean renewable energy. The high- resolution geophysical survey was planned prior to the federal government’s leasing of the Outer Continental Shelf Maryland Wind Energy Area in an effort to streamline and jumpstart the development process.

 

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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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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Combining the Grand Strand Call Area with Wilmington East and Wilmington West Wind Energy Areas

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

BOEM has defined three wind energy areas in federal waters between three and 200 miles offshore of North Carolina. Two of these areas are off the coast of Wilmington, while the third is to the north, near Kitty Hawk. The Wilmington areas will be integrated into the South Carolina leasing process. The next step in the leasing process will be an environmental assessment of these proposed WEAs. The total area proposed for wind energy leasing off the state coast is about 307,590 acres.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 31, 2015
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Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (AMAPPS)

Source/Sponsor: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
National oceanic and atmospheric administration (NOAA) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Description: 
The primary tools for the assessment of population abundance and spatial distribution are aerial and shipboard line-transect surveys. These surveys typically employ visual detection of animals at the surface, though more recently passive acoustic monitoring has been incorporated into these surveys to improve detection of marine mammals. The objective of this study is to improve the knowledge base of Federal agencies with living marine resource responsibilities through improved surveys of marine mammals, sea turtles, and avian species.
 
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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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