The March 2014 District Court ruling for Cape Wind, included claims that the project would be in violation of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. This piece briefly explains the plaintiffs claim, as well as the legal reasoning provided by the court in finding for the defendant on each of these claims.
Siting, Leasing, & Permitting
(Generation, Transmission, & Grid Interconnection)
The Patrick-Murray Administration announced EPA approval of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. This approval allows the project to accept bids from prospective developers. The project is a $100 million facility designed for marine traffic related to offshore wind turbine installation.
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 Of the 32 cases filed against Cape Wind, 26 ruled in favor of Cape Wind, 5 were withdrawn, and the one ruling against was temporary.
During a hearing on House of Representatives hearing on Cape Wind, Audra Parker, representing the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, provides this testimony arguing against the Cape Wind project. She argues that there will be adverse economic impacts, public safety risks, impacts on tribal lands, and adverse environmental effects.
House Bill 1312 is an act to establish a committee to explore the potential for offshore wind power in New Hampshire. The committee is made up of three members of the House of Representatives, and three members of the State Senate. A final report is due on November 1, 2014.
The Commisioner of NHDES provides background information on offshore wind to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is considering HB 1312, legislation to establish a to develop a report on offshore wind energy development. The Commissioner's letter describes the current state of offshore wind activities in New Hampshire. It focuses on permitting, siting, and technology available and refers to advancements made in Maine as an example for potential projects in New Hampshire.
Aqua Ventus submitted a proposal for a deepwater wind project, in response to a request for proposals by BOEM. This pilot project would have 12 MW of capacity with two floating turbines, with the goal of leading to a 500 MW project in the future. This proposal has the financial records and estimates redacted.
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.
The BOEM provides a fact sheet on the Cape wind project. It provides a history of the project and details pertaining to production, location and fees
The BOEM announces the Proposed Sale Notice for Commercial leasing for wind power on the outer continental shelf offshore of Massachusetts. This is to notify potential leasees, as well as to start a public comment period concerning the auction of the lease area.