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Congressional delegations letter of support of federal policy driven by rigorous scientific research in Gulf of Maine.

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Source/Sponsor: 
Essential Energy and Environment News E&E News
Creator/Author: 
Amanda Lefton
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U.S. senators from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts are urging the Biden administration to use caution in its approach to offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine. The senators expressed support for two studies in the Gulf of Maine that BOEM is scheduled to launch this year: one establishing an “ecological baseline” for the Gulf of Maine and another to determine data gaps for research into natural resources in the Gulf of Maine.

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Monday, January 31, 2022
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Federal Register of Claim to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

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Source/Sponsor: 
BOEM
Creator/Author: 
Sherry Hutt
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The purpose of this public notice is to: (1) Describe the proposal submitted to BOEM by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) to acquire an OCS lease for wind energy research activities; (2) solicit indications of interest in a renewable energy lease in the area identified by DMME for substantially similar wind energy activities; and (3) solicit public input regarding the proposal, its potential environmental consequences, and the use of the area in which the proposed project would be located.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013
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U.S. Jones Act Compliant Offshore Wind Turbine Installation Vessel StudyA Report for the Roadmap Project for Multi-State Cooperation on Offshore Wind

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New York State Energy Research and Development AuthorityMassachusetts Clean Energy CenterMassachusetts Department of Energy Resources Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources Clean Energy States Alliance
Creator/Author: 
GustoMSC
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This study created a framework for understanding what is required of a wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) on the East Coast from technical and financial perspectives.A pipeline of wind farm projects was based on offshore wind development areas identified in New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. This pipeline provided a framework to define physical parameters such as number, size, and weight of turbines; water depth; and type, size and weight of the foundations.These parameters fed into a study to define an installation methodology and a set of functional requirements for the installation vessels using both a feeder barge and a transit unit transportation option. Based on these functional requirements, designs were finalized and estimating packages were sent to U.S. shipyards. Indicative prices of $87 million (feeder barge) and $222 million (WTIV) were received for Jones Act compliant vessels. Operational expenses were estimated assuming the vessels were U.S. flagged.This pipeline of work and cost data was used to create a basic cash flow model from the perspective of a vessel owner. Based on this model, at least 10 years of work, or a pipeline of approximately 3,500 to 4,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity, would be required by a WTIV owner to provide a reasonable combination of day and internal rates of return.This will require that a group of states and developers coordinate on an identified pipeline of projects. However, if the full potential of the offshore wind areas on the East Coast is realized, including areas not considered in this study, several vessels may be justified.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, October 6, 2017
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Tilting At Windmills: The Emerging U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Industry

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Kleinman Center for Energy Policy: University of Pennsylvania
Creator/Author: 
Brandon W. Burke, esq.
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Publication Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017
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U.S. OFFSHORE WIND POWER: AN INDUSTRY IN MOTION

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Kleinman Center for Energy Policy: University of Pennsylvania
Creator/Author: 
Brandon W. Burke, esq.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
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BOEM Publishes Request for Feedback on Future Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing

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BOEM
Creator/Author: 
BOEM
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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is conducting a high-level assessment of all waters offshore the United States Atlantic Coast for potential future offshore wind lease locations.
 
BOEM is seeking input on the Proposed Path Forward for Future Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf through a Request for Feedback (RFF) that published in the Federal Register on April 6, 2018.
 
BOEM is considering multiple factors to help assess which geographic areas along the Atlantic are the most likely to have highest potential for successful offshore wind development. 
 
BOEM is seeking input on all aspects of our proposed path forward, but particularly, the merits of these factors and whether there are other factors that should be considered at this preliminary stage.
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Publication Date: 
Friday, April 6, 2018
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BOEM Announces NOI for Vineyard Wind COP

Source/Sponsor: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
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On March 30, 2018, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced its Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind LLC (Vineyard Wind) that would allow it to construct and operate an 800 megawatt (MW) wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts.

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Publication Date: 
Friday, March 30, 2018
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New Jersey's Executive Order to Promote Offshore Wind

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State of New Jersey
Creator/Author: 
Governor Phil Murphy
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Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order directing the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to fully implement the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act and to begin the process of moving the state toward a goal of 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy generation by the year 2030.
 
Under the Order, BPU will implement the OREC program by approving financial plans submitted by offshore wind developers. After the creation of a process to approve such plans, the BPU will issue a solicitation calling for proposed offshore wind projects for the generation of 1,100 megawatts of electric power. Finally, the Executive Order instructs the BPU to engage with neighboring states on the potential benefits of regional collaboration on offshore wind.
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Thursday, February 1, 2018
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New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan Released

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Creator/Author: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
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New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has coordinated on behalf of the State all the work being conducted by New York State agencies in the development of offshore wind resources. As part of its leadership role, NYSERDA spearheaded the development of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, a comprehensive roadmap that encourages the development of offshore wind in a manner that is sensitive to environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues while addressing market barriers and aiming to lower costs.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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Maine Establishes the Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission

Source/Sponsor: 
Gov. Paul R. Lepage
Creator/Author: 
Gov. Paul R. Lepage
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Maine Gov. Paul R. Lepage has issued an order establishing the Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission to study economic impacts of potential wind turbines, assess the economic impact of expedited wind rules and procedures, and develop recommendations in a written report. Until the report is issued in writing, no permits related to wind turbines are permitted. The order notes that "the scenic vistas and pristine waters of Western Maine, our coast and coastal islands, and our significant avian migratory pathways attract significant tourism to the State."

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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