Siting, Leasing, & Permitting

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Federal Leasing for Offshore Wind Grows

Source/Sponsor: 
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Creator/Author: 
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Description: 

This article examines trends in cumulative purchased federal leases for offshore wind land areas with an emphasis on Atlantic coast activity. 

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Publication Date: 
Friday, December 2, 2016
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Maryland PSC Announces Proceeding to Evaluate Offshore Wind Projects

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

The Maryland PSC announced that two offshore wind project applications were submitted, found to be administratively complete, and found to have met the minimum threshold criteria. The applicants are (i) US Wind, Inc., a subsidiary of Toto Holding SpA, and (ii) Skipjack Offshore Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of Deepwater Wind Holdings, LLC. The Maryland PSC announced a docketed proceeding to conduct a multipart review to evaluate and compare the applications.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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BOEM Proposed Sale Notice offshore North Carolina

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

On August 12, 2016, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced the release of the Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 7 Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) and Request for Interest (RFI) for 122,405 acres offshore North Carolina.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, August 12, 2016
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Maine Offshore Permitting Road Map

Source/Sponsor: 
Maine Composites Alliance, Maine Wind Industry Initiative, E2 Tech
Creator/Author: 
Jeff Thaler
Description: 

The Roadmap serves as an instructional outline for permitting and licensing in the Gulf of Maine for developers. It is intended to help guide potential wind and ocean energy developers to the Gulf of Maine.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
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New York offshore wind lease sale announced

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

On October 27, 2016, BOEM announced the publication of the Final Sale Notice (FSN) for a lease sale offshore New York and the availability of a revised environmental assessment for site assessment and site characterization activities in the area.

 

The lease area is located 11.5 nautical miles (nm) from Jones Beach, NY. From its western edge, the area extends approximately 24 nmi southeast at its longest portion. The project area consists of 5 full OCS blocks and 143 sub-blocks. Materials related to the FSN are below.

 

More information can be found on BOEM's New York activities page.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 27, 2016
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Revised Environmental Assessment for Commercial Wind Lease Issuance and Site Assessment Activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Offshore North Carolina

Source/Sponsor: 
U.S Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
U.S Department of the Interior
Description: 

BOEM is announcing the availability of a revised Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for commercial wind lease issuance, site characterization activities (geophysical, geotechnical, archaeological, and biological surveys), and site assessment activities (including the installation and operation of a meteorological tower and/ or buoys) on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf offshore North Carolina. The revised EA provides a discussion of potential impacts of the proposed action and an analysis of reasonable alternatives to the proposed action.

The press release describing this action is available here.

Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Resource Type: 
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Fishing, Diving, and Ecotourism Stakeholder Uses and Habitat Information for North Carolina Wind Energy Call Areas

Source/Sponsor: 
U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
University of North Carolina, Institute of Marine Sciences
Description: 

Researchers from the University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences created maps that integrate new stakeholder information with existing agency data, enabling BOEM to reduce potential user conflicts within leases for offshore wind development. Project objectives were to obtain and convey spatially explicit information indicating where wind energy development can avoid or minimize conflicts with fish, fish habitat, fishing, diving, and ecotourism in the three Call Areas published in December 2012: Wilmington-West, Wilmington-East, and Kitty Hawk on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore of North Carolina.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Benthic Habitat Mapping and Assessment in the Wilmington-East Wind Energy Call Area

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

In 2012, BOEM identified three Wind Energy Call Areas off of North Carolina (US Government, Federal Register Vol 77, No. 240, December 2012): the Kitty Hawk Call Area is located near the North Carolina-Virginia border whereas both the Wilmington-West and Wilmington-East Call Areas are located near the North Carolina-South Carolina border, near Cape Fear and Frying Pan Shoals. In August 2014, BOEM announced three, fully vetted, WEAs offshore of North Carolina, in which each of the three Call Areas were reduced in size. This research project examined the seafloor and benthic communities in the Wilmington-East Call Area with some assessments focused on the smaller Wilmington-East WEA.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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Commercial Wind Energy Leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore North Carolina

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

BOEM has defined three Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) offshore North Carolina. The Kitty Hawk WEA begins about 24 nautical miles (nm) from shore and extends approximately 25.7 nm in a general southeast direction at its widest point. Its seaward extent ranges from 13.5 nm in the north to .6 nm in the south. It contains approximately 21.5 OCS blocks (122,405 acres). The Wilmington West WEA begins about 10 nm from shore and extends approximately 12.3 nm in an east-west direction at its widest point. It contains just over 9 OCS blocks (approximately 51,595 acres). The Wilmington East WEA begins about 15 nm from Bald Head Island at its closest point and extends approximately 18 nm in the southeast direction at its widest point. It contains approximately 25 OCS blocks (133,590 acres).

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 7, 2014
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Revised Environmental Assessment for Commercial Wind Lease Issuance and Site Assessment Activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Offshore North Carolina

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

BOEM is announcing the availability of a revised Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for commercial wind lease issuance, site characterization activities (geophysical, geotechnical, archaeological, and biological surveys), and site assessment activities (including the installation and operation of a meteorological tower and/ or buoys) on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf offshore North Carolina. The revised EA provides a discussion of potential impacts of the proposed action and an analysis of reasonable alternatives to the proposed action.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 2015
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