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The US federal government maintains jurisdiction over offshore wind resources on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which begins 3 nautical miles from shore. Federal agencies play multiple roles in siting, leasing, and permitting; technology research and development; and, financing and infrastructure development.

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Federal Resources

Title Source/Sponsor Datesort ascending
Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act introduced in Senate Tom Carper (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME) Aug 3 2017
2016 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report Released by DOE U.S. Department of Energy Aug 1 2017
BOEM Approves Bay State Wind Site Assessment Plan for Massachusetts North American Wind Power Jul 20 2017
House Committee Adopts Amendment Against Maryland Offshore Wind Representative Andy Harris (MD-01) Jul 20 2017
Proposed Amendment to H.R. 3219 Concerning Funding of Cape Wind Energy Project Representative Steve Stivers, Ohio Jul 20 2017
Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development Act Reintroduced Senators Edward J. Markey (MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), and Congressman Jim Langevin (RI) May 11 2017
Statoil Unsolicited Lease Requests for Offshore Massachusetts US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Apr 17 2017
Cape Wind Draft Supplemental EIS Available for Comment BOEM Mar 30 2017
BOEM Publishes Study of the Effect of Offshore Wind Farms on Commercial Fishing BOEM Mar 29 2017
BOEM Awards North Carolina Competitive Lease Sale Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Mar 17 2017
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo Letter to BOEM Regarding the NY Wind Energy Area State of Rhode Island Mar 2 2017
An Assessment of the Economic Potential of Offshore Wind in the U.S. from 2015 to 2030 U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Mar 1 2017
BOEM Contracts for Tourism Study on Block Island Wind Farm BOEM Feb 2 2017
Effects Matrix for Evaluating Potential Impacts of OSW Energy Development on U.S. Atlantic Coastal Habitats Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Feb 1 2017
Unsolicited Lease Request for Offshore New York US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Dec 30 2016
PNE Wind USA Unsolicited Lease Request Offshore Massachusetts US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Dec 30 2016
BOEM Reassignment of Delaware Lease BOEM Dec 20 2016
Interior Department Auctions Over 79,000 acres offshore New York for Wind Energy Development US Department of Interior Dec 16 2016
Federal Leasing for Offshore Wind Grows U.S. Energy Information Administration Dec 2 2016
New York offshore wind lease sale announced Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Oct 27 2016
Marine Wildlife Survey Results from BOEM and MassCEC Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Mass Clean Energy Center Oct 25 2016
U.S. Releases Plan to Help Facilitate Development of the Offshore Wind Industry Departments of Energy and Interior Sep 9 2016
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility V. Abigail Hopper, US BOEM US Court of Appeals Jul 6 2016
Federal Court rules BOEM noncompliance with NEPA in Cape Wind project North American Windpower Jul 6 2016
DOI Proposes New York Offshore Wind Lease Sale U.S. Department of the Interior Jun 2 2016
Milestone Reached for Commercial Wind Energy Development Offshore North Carolina U.S. Department of the Interior Apr 26 2016
BOEM Approves Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Mar 24 2016
BOEM Reviews Proposal for Wind Energy Project Offshore California Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Mar 21 2016
BOEM Accepts Lease Request for Hawaii Offshore Wind Project US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Mar 8 2016
Benthic Habitat Mapping and Assessment in the Wilmington-East Wind Energy Call Area U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Jan 13 2016