Environmental/Marine Use Compatibility

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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BOEM Issues Final SEIS on Massachusetts' Cape Wind Energy Project

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

A final supplemental environmental impact statement of the Cape Wind offshore wind project has been released by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. BOEM’s final SEIS had been vacated by the D.C. Circuit Court. As requested by the court. the updated SEIS includes geological surveys to ensure the seafloor can support wind turbines.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, August 4, 2017
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Effects Matrix for Evaluating Potential Impacts of OSW Energy Development on U.S. Atlantic Coastal Habitats

Source/Sponsor: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
ICF, Research Planning, Inc.
Description: 
This white paper provides a means of evaluating potential impacts of offshore wind (OSW) facilities on coastal habitats along the U.S. Atlantic coast in support of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation for OSW facilities. The intent of this white paper is to provide a mechanism to assist in efforts supporting a more “efficient and coordinated permitting process for offshore wind energy developments.” To this end, the final product is an effects matrix that generates a table of overall effects using intensity, context, and duration, as well as ranking (thresholds) for impacts.
 
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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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North Atlantic Right Whale Occurrence in Offshore WEAs near MA and RI

Source/Sponsor: 
Endangered Species Research
Creator/Author: 
Leiter SM, Stone KM, Thompson JL, Accardo CM and others
Description: 
Offshore wind energy development in the USA requires comprehensive assessments of biological resources within lease areas. Two federally designated wind energy areas (WEAs) are located offshore of the eastern USA near Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This report discusses the spatial and temporal habitat use patterns of Endangered North Atlantic right whale Eubalaena glacialis, using sightings and photo identification data collected by the Northeast Large Pelagic Survey Collaborative, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Center for Coastal Studies, and others from January 2010 to June 2015 in the proposed WEAs, additional areas of interest, and surrounding waters. Behavior and demography data were analyzed to determine habitat use patterns and to characterize the subset of E. glacialis using the WEAs, in order to inform management and conservation efforts. 
 
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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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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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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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