Siting, Leasing, & Permitting
(Generation, Transmission, & Grid Interconnection)
Denmark-based DONG Energy will develop the Massachusetts offshore wind lease area that was awarded to RES Americas. On May 27, 2015, BOEM received an application to assign 100% of commercial lease OCS-A 0500 to DONG Energy Massachusetts (U.S.) LLC. BOEM approved the assignment on June 12, 2015. DONG Energy has renamed its American subsiduary as Bay State Wind LLC.
The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 requires a maximum of 2.5% of retail electricity to be generated from offshore wind starting in 2017. The wind carve-out is part of the Tier 1 requirement. The Act promotes Maryland's economy by requiring offshore projects to favor in-state manufacturing in order to be considered by the Maryland Public Service Commission.
BOEM has announced the completion of the nation's sixth competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters. The provisionsal winner of the lease is Statoil Wind US LLC. 79, 350 acres offshore New York have been leased to Statoil for $42, 469, 725.
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.
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.
On March 16, 2017, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank announced the completion of the nation’s seventh competitive lease sale for renewable wind energy in federal waters. A Wind Energy Area of 122,405 acres offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina received the high bid of $9,066,650 from Avangrid Renewables, LLC, the provisional winner.
BOEM has been working with the North Carolina Renewable Energy Task Force since 2010 to identify an area of sufficient size for offshore wind development, while avoiding ecologically sensitive areas and multiple use conflicts. 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. Its seaward extent ranges from 13.5 nautical miles in the north to .6 of a nautical mile in the south.
Using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s estimates of 3 megawatts (MW) per square kilometer, the lease area has a potential generating capacity of 1,486 MW, enough energy to power more than 500,000 homes. The actual size of the wind energy project will be determined by the developer.
The Department of the Interior announced that 122,405 acres offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina will be offered in a commercial wind lease sale on March 16, 2017. The Kitty Hawk lease area begins about 24 nautical miles from shore and extends 25.7 nautical miles in a general southeast direction. Its seaward extent ranges from 13.5 nautical miles in the north to .6 of a nautical mile in the south. More information is available on the BOEM website.