Site Mitigation & Monitoring

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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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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Tourist Viewshed Externalities and Wind Energy Production

Source/Sponsor: 
Agricultural and Resource Economics Review
Creator/Author: 
Jacob R. Fooks, Kent D. Messer, Joshua M. Duke, Janet B. Johnson, Tongzhe Li, and George R. Parsons
Description: 

This study uses an experiment where ferry passengers are sold hotel room “views” to evaluate the impact of wind turbines views on tourists’ vacation experience. Participants purchase a chance for a weekend hotel stay. Information about the hotel rooms was limited to the quality of the hotel and its distance from a large wind turbine, as well as whether or not a particular room would have a view of the turbine. While there was generally a negative effect of turbine views, this did not hold across all participants, and did not seem to be effected by distance or hotel quality.

Placement of wind turbines has prompted public concerns related to their effects on wildlife and scenic views. This has been especially relevant in coastal areas, where the proposed development of large offshore wind energy facilities in states including Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, and Oregon have been seen as a potential threat to the tourism industry. The response from the tourism industry has delayed or even blocked development of offshore wind facilities in some of these states.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, July 28, 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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BOEM Publishes Study of the Effect of Offshore Wind Farms on Commercial Fishing

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

The report is titled Socio-Economic Impact of Outer Continental Shelf Wind Energy Development on Fisheries in the U.S. Atlantic. Recognizing the importance that commercial and recreational fisheries play in the U.S. economy and to food supply, BOEM worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service to better understand fishing activity as it relates to areas of potential offshore wind energy development.

 
This report will inform BOEM's decision-making related to future offshore wind energy development by identifying potentially affected fisheries that may require additional information and analysis.
 
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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Marine Wildlife Survey Results from BOEM and MassCEC

Source/Sponsor: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Mass Clean Energy Center
Creator/Author: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Mass Clean Energy Center
Description: 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) announce the results of two new multi-year marine wildlife survey efforts that focus on collecting baseline biological occurrence and distribution data for whale, turtle, and bird species within the Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) offshore Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The wildlife surveys found that the Massachusetts and Rhode Island WEAs avoid the high concentrations of protected species of whales, turtles and seabirds in these areas.

Reports:

Abundance and Distribution of Seabirds off Southeastern Massachusetts, 2011-2015.

Northeast Large Pelagic Survey Collaborative Aerial and Acoustic Surveys for Large Whales and Sea Turtles.

 

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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NRDC Public Comments Concerning the Block Island Wind Farm

Source/Sponsor: 
National Resource Defense Council
Creator/Author: 
Katherine Kennedy, Michael Jasny
Description: 

NRDC provides public comments in support of the Block Island Wind Farm, with recommendations to protect marine life.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
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Record of Decision (ROD) Cape Wind Energy Project, Horseshoe Shoal, Nantucket Sound

Source/Sponsor: 
US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE)
Creator/Author: 
US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE)
Description: 

This Record of Decision (ROD) is the second decision document regarding the Cape Wind Energy Project. No significant new information bearing on the environmental impacts has been presented since the issuance of the April 28, 2010 ROD. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) decided to approve Cape Wind Associates' Construction and Operations Pla (COP), with modifications.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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Record of Decision (ROD) Cape Wind Energy Project, Horseshoe Shoal, Nantucket Sound

Source/Sponsor: 
US Minerals Management Service (MMS)
Creator/Author: 
US Minerals Management Service (MMS)
Description: 

This Record of Decision (ROD) summarizes the background of the Cape Wind project, the alternatives the Minerals Management Service (MMS) considered, the environmentally preferable alternative, the basis for MMS' decision to select the proposed action, required mitigation measures, and the process MMS undertook to involve the public and other agencies. The decision was made to offer a commercial lease to Cape Wind Associates (CWA). Prior to conducting any construction activities, CWA must submit and obtain approval of its Construction and Operation Plan (COP).

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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Issuance of Leases for Wind Resource Data Collection on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore Delaware and New Jersey- Environmental Assessment (EA)

Source/Sponsor: 
US Minerals Management Service (MMS)
Creator/Author: 
US Minerals Management Service (MMS)
Description: 

Through this Environmental Assessment (EA), the Minerals Management Service (MMS) concludes that issuance of leases authorizing wind resource data collection on seven leases blocks located on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore Delaware and New Jersey would have no significant effect on the human environment. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required, and the agency issued its Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). MMS proposes several mitigation measures that would be added to the lease terms to reduce or eliminate potential environmental impacts.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, June 4, 2009
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30 CFR 585- Renewable Energy and Alternate Uses of Existing Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)

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

In this notice, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) releases its rules and regulations to establish procedures for issuance and administration of leases, right-of-way (ROW) grants, and right-of-use and easement (RUE) grants for renewable energy production on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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