Report documents the unique benefits of Atlantic offshore wind power, evaluates the progress of offshore wind made to date, and identifies the critical actions state leaders must take to ensure the success of offshore wind.
Environmental/Marine Use Compatibility
Cape Wind gives a brief overview of the litigation that the project has been involved in since 2003. Of the 32 cases filed against Cape Wind, 26 ruled in favor of Cape Wind, 5 were withdrawn, and the one ruling against was temporary.
Mass Audubon comes out in favor of the Cape Wind project, with the assurance of additional studies on avian impacts. Their analysis has found that the project does not pose an ecologically significant threat to the living resources of the Nantucket Sound.
The U.S. DoE issued the final version of the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Cape Wind Energy Project in accordance with NEPA. It is revised from a previous version from 2009.
NREL has provided the technical evaluation and geographical mapping of the three proposed Wind Energy Areas off of the Massachusetts coast. NREL also provides alternative scenarios based on leasing areas and turbine spacing for the areas.
A consulting firm performed a study of 13 Northeast industrial harbors to see which would be suitable for large offshore wind installation vessels, especially jack-up vessels.
The NJ BPU summarizes the procedural history of the Atlantic City Windfarm application process.
NYSERDA presents an update on its work with offshore wind development in New York. the presentation highlights a need for cost-benefit analysis and marine life studies.
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.