The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board denied a permit extension to Cape Wind Associates for two power lines for its proposed offshore wind farm. The "tentative decision" was based on the improbablity of Cape Wind Associates' ability to start construction by mid-2017.
Siting, Leasing, & Permitting
(Generation, Transmission, & Grid Interconnection)
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced its first step toward potential leasing for commercial wind energy development in federal waters offshore California. BOEM has completed an initial review of an unsolicited lease request from Trident Winds, LLC (Trident Winds) for a floating wind energy project offshore Morro Bay, California, deemed the request complete, and will soon issue a Federal Register Notice to determine if there is competitive interest in the area.
More information is available at www.boem.gov/california/.
BOEM has accepted a 400-megawatt project lease for a $1.6 billion offshore wind farm 10 miles southeast of Barbers Point in West Oahu. A full report by BOEM on activities in Hawaii can be found here.
Pursuant to 30 C.F.R. § 585.211(b), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed the Area Identification process to delineate a Wind Energy Area (WEA) offshore New York. The New York WEA begins approximately 11 nautical miles south of Long Beach, New York, and extends approximately 26 nmi southeast along its longest portion. The entire area is approximately 127 square miles, 81,130 acres, or 32,832 hectares.
Maryland has received an intitial application for a proposed offshore wind project. In accordance with COMAR 20.61.06.01(B)(3), the PSC has opened a 180 day period for other OSW project applications.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that called for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to reconsider applications for smaller offshore wind projects, including the proposed 25 MW, $200 million Fishermen's Energy project.
The Department of Energy issued a Finding of No Significant Impact and the final Environmental Assessment of Fishermen's Atlantic City Windfarm project. The full article is here.
On November 16, 2012, a lease was executed with Bluewater Wind Delaware. The lease was amended on October 3, 2014 to extend the site assessment term to 7 years from 5 years.
On October 23, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that BOEM reached an agreement on a commercial wind energy lease with Bluewater Wind Delaware.