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BOEM Publishes Request for Feedback on Future Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing

Source/Sponsor: 
BOEM
Creator/Author: 
BOEM
Description: 
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is conducting a high-level assessment of all waters offshore the United States Atlantic Coast for potential future offshore wind lease locations.
 
BOEM is seeking input on the Proposed Path Forward for Future Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf through a Request for Feedback (RFF) that published in the Federal Register on April 6, 2018.
 
BOEM is considering multiple factors to help assess which geographic areas along the Atlantic are the most likely to have highest potential for successful offshore wind development. 
 
BOEM is seeking input on all aspects of our proposed path forward, but particularly, the merits of these factors and whether there are other factors that should be considered at this preliminary stage.
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Publication Date: 
Friday, April 6, 2018
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BOEM Proposes Offshore Wind Lease Sale in Massachusetts

Source/Sponsor: 
BOEM
Creator/Author: 
BOEM
Description: 
The proposed lease sale is for two additional areas offshore of Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing, totaling nearly 390,000 acres.
 
A Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Massachusetts was published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2018, and includes a 60-day public comment period.
 
The Notice provides detailed information concerning the area available for leasing, the proposed lease provisions and conditions, auction details (e.g., criteria for evaluating competing bids and award procedures) and lease execution. 
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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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BOEM Draft Guidance on Use of a Project Design Envelope

Source/Sponsor: 
BOEM
Creator/Author: 
BOEM
Description: 
Before a lessee may build an offshore wind energy facility on their commercial wind lease, they must submit a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) for review and approval by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) (see 30 CFR 585.620(C)). Pursuant to 30 CFR 585.626, the COP must include a description of all planned facilities, including onshore and support facilities, as well as anticipated project easement needs for the project. It must also describe the activities related to the project including construction, commercial operations, maintenance, decommissioning, and site clearance procedures. There are benefits to allowing lessees to describe a reasonable range of project designs in a COP, because of the project complexity, the unpredictability of the environment in which it will be constructed, and/or the rapid pace of technological development within the industry.
 
In the renewable energy industry, a permit application or plan that describes a reasonable range of project designs is referred to as taking a Project Design Envelope (PDE) approach. BOEM has decided that it will give offshore renewable energy lessees the option to use a PDE approach when submitting a COP. This draft guidance outlines the use of a PDE approach in a COP. This PDE approach is an entirely voluntary option.
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Publication Date: 
Friday, January 12, 2018
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NYSERDA Letter to BOEM Regarding New York State's Area for Consideration

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Creator/Author: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Description: 

This letter submits an Area for Consideration for BOEM's Area Identification Process. Within the Area for Consideration, BOEM is urged to expediciously identify at least four new Wind Energy Areas (WEA), each capable of supporting at lease 800 MW, and to conduct lease auctions for these WEAs.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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New York State Area for Consideration for Offshore Wind Areas Map

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Creator/Author: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Description: 

New York State submitted maps to BOEM of the four Wind Energy Areas within the Area for Consideration. As part of its Offshore Wind Master Plan, New York State began with over 16,000 square miles of area called the Offshore Study Area. The Area of Consideration represents approximately ten percent of the original Offshore Study Area, refined through a rigorous process.

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Publication Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017
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BOEM Finalizes North Carolina Offshore Lease

Source/Sponsor: 
BOEM
Creator/Author: 
BOEM
Description: 
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has finalized a lease with Avangrid Renewables for a 122,405-acre wind area offshore North Carolina. The lease goes into effect on November 1, 2017.
 
In March, Avangrid placed a winning bid of $9,066,650 for the Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area. The North Carolina lease area, designated OCS-A 0508, begins about 24 nautical miles from shore and extends 25.7 nautical miles in a general southeast direction.
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Publication Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017
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New York State Submits Area of Consideration to BOEM

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State Energy and Research Development Authority
Creator/Author: 
New York State Energy and Research Development Authority
Description: 
On October 2, New York State submitted an identified Area for Consideration to the federal government’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). This comes after rigorous fieldwork, analysis, and stakeholder outreach regarding appropriate locations for wind installations off New York State’s Atlantic Coast. The State submitted extensive information supporting the Area for Consideration, which the State viewed as best suited for future offshore wind development.
 
New York State requested that within this Area of Consideration, BOEM identify and lease at least four new Wind Energy Areas, each capable of supporting at least 800 megawatts. BOEM’s identification and leasing of these Wind Energy Areas will encourage competition among offshore wind developers, help reduce costs, and support New York in meeting its commitment of 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, enough to power 1.2 million New York State households.
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Publication Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017
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House Committee Adopts Amendment Against Maryland Offshore Wind

Source/Sponsor: 
Representative Andy Harris (MD-01)
Creator/Author: 
Representative Andy Harris (MD-01)
Description: 

On July 18,2017, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment introduced by Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) to the Interior Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018.  This amendment blocks the use of federal funds to conduct reviews of site assessment or construction and operation plans for wind turbines less than 24 nautical miles from the State of Maryland shoreline – the distance at which the turbines would not be visible from the shoreline and affecting the viewscape. The bill can be found here. Dowload the amendment below.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 20, 2017
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Durham, NH Town Council Supports Efforts to Develop Wind Power Off the NH Coast

Source/Sponsor: 
Town of Durham, New Hampshire
Creator/Author: 
Town of Durham, New Hampshire
Description: 
The Durham Town Council adopted Resolution #2017-21 supporting efforts to develop wind power off the New Hampshire coast, and urging Governor Sununu to make a formal request to the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to form a Task Force and stakeholder process to plan for regional offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine. 
 
The resolution passed by a 7 - 1 majority. Durham is the first community in the Seacoast region (southeast area of NH) to pass such a measure.
 
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Publication Date: 
Monday, June 5, 2017
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Maryland PSC Case Files for U.S. Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy OREC Proceeding

Source/Sponsor: 
Maryland Public Service Commission
Creator/Author: 
Maryland Public Service Commission
Description: 

The case jacket for filings related to the applications of U.S. Wind, Inc. and Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC for the proposed offshore wind project(s) pursuant to the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 can be found here

Publication Date: 
Friday, June 16, 2017
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