Environmental/Marine Use Compatibility

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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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo Letter to BOEM Regarding the NY Wind Energy Area

Source/Sponsor: 
State of Rhode Island
Creator/Author: 
Governor Gina Raimondo
Description: 

In this letter to BOEM, Rhode Island encourages BOEM to consider the Rhode Island model of stakeholder engagement and to engage with Rhode Island stakeholders as BOEM reviews NY wind energy area development plans. Development plans may impact RI commercial fishermen. Rhode Island qualifies as an "affected state" and should be eligible to participate in the interstate renewable energy task force for the NY wind energy area.

 

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017
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Rhode Island Stakeholder Concerns Regarding the New York Wind Energy Area

Source/Sponsor: 
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Creator/Author: 
Division of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Fisheries Section
Description: 

The New York Wind Energy Area location poses problems for Rhode Island commercial fishermen, impacing squid and sea scallop fisheries, according to RIDEM's analysis. This document summarizes Rhode Island stakeholders' concerns expressed at a public meeting on 18 May 2016.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, July 22, 2016
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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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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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Document

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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Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project - Task Force Meeting

Source/Sponsor: 
Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project
Creator/Author: 
Dominion Virginia Power
Description: 

This presentation reviews Virginia's offshore wind background and accomplishments. It addresses VOWTAP project specifics

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Plan Research Activities Plan

Source/Sponsor: 
Dominion Resources
Creator/Author: 
Dominion Resources
Description: 

The Research Activities Plan describes Dominion' s project to install two advanced-technology, 6-megawatt wind turbines in federal waters about 24 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. At peak production, the turbines would generate enough electricity to power up to 3,000 homes. Current bids for constructing the project range from about $300 million to $380 million, compared with an initial estimate of about $230 million.

This document was submitted to BOEM in December, 2013 and most recently revised in April, 2015. The full report can be found here.

In May, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy announced its withdrawal of $40 million in funding. Dominion planned to consult with other members of VOWTAP to decide on the next steps. 

Publication Date: 
Sunday, December 1, 2013
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New York State Department of State Offshore Atlantic Ocean Study

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State
Creator/Author: 
New York State Department of State
Description: 

This two-year study generated and assembled the most comprehensive dataset of physical, biological, geographic, and socioeconomic information available for the Atlantic Ocean waters offshore New York State. In its entirety, the offshore planning area constituted approximately 12,650 square nautical miles (16,740 square miles) off the south shore of New York City and Long Island. This study provides information for state and federal decision-making, supplementing available use and resource data. It contains physical, biological, geographic, and socioeconomic information.

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Publication Date: 
Monday, July 1, 2013
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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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