Government Policy & Regulation

BOEM Draft Guidance on Use of a Project Design Envelope

Source/Sponsor: 
BOEM
Creator/Author: 
BOEM
Description: 
Before a lessee may build an offshore wind energy facility on their commercial wind lease, they must submit a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) for review and approval by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) (see 30 CFR 585.620(C)). Pursuant to 30 CFR 585.626, the COP must include a description of all planned facilities, including onshore and support facilities, as well as anticipated project easement needs for the project. It must also describe the activities related to the project including construction, commercial operations, maintenance, decommissioning, and site clearance procedures. There are benefits to allowing lessees to describe a reasonable range of project designs in a COP, because of the project complexity, the unpredictability of the environment in which it will be constructed, and/or the rapid pace of technological development within the industry.
 
In the renewable energy industry, a permit application or plan that describes a reasonable range of project designs is referred to as taking a Project Design Envelope (PDE) approach. BOEM has decided that it will give offshore renewable energy lessees the option to use a PDE approach when submitting a COP. This draft guidance outlines the use of a PDE approach in a COP. This PDE approach is an entirely voluntary option.
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Friday, January 12, 2018
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New Hampshire to Study Off-Shore Wind

Source/Sponsor: 
Rep. Cushing
Creator/Author: 
Rep. Cushing
Description: 

New Hampshire's Rep. Cushing has introduced HB 1611 which would establish a committee to study off-shore wind energy development.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018
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Massachusetts RFP for 400 MW of Offshore Wind Generation

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Creator/Author: 
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Description: 
In coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the state’s investor-owned electric distribution companies (Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co., d/b/a Unitil; Massachusetts Electric Co., d/b/a National Grid; Nantucket Electric Co., d/b/a National Grid; NSTAR Electric Co. d/b/a Eversource Energy; and Western Massachusetts Electric Co., d/b/a Eversource Energy) issued a joint RFP for 400 MW of offshore wind generation. 
 
Bids were received from Bay State Wind, Deepwater Wind, and Vineyard Wind. The bids can be viewed here.
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Publication Date: 
Thursday, June 29, 2017
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NYSERDA Letter to BOEM Regarding New York State's Area for Consideration

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Creator/Author: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Description: 

This letter submits an Area for Consideration for BOEM's Area Identification Process. Within the Area for Consideration, BOEM is urged to expediciously identify at least four new Wind Energy Areas (WEA), each capable of supporting at lease 800 MW, and to conduct lease auctions for these WEAs.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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New York State Area for Consideration for Offshore Wind Areas Map

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Creator/Author: 
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Description: 

New York State submitted maps to BOEM of the four Wind Energy Areas within the Area for Consideration. As part of its Offshore Wind Master Plan, New York State began with over 16,000 square miles of area called the Offshore Study Area. The Area of Consideration represents approximately ten percent of the original Offshore Study Area, refined through a rigorous process.

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Publication Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017
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U.S. Jones Act Compliant Offshore Wind Turbine Installation Vessel Study

Source/Sponsor: 
NYSERDA, MassCEC, MADOER, RI Office of Energy Resources, Clean Energy States Alliance
Creator/Author: 
GustoMSC
Description: 

The U.S. Jones Act Compliant Offshore Wind Turbine Installation Vessel Study examines the functional requirements and costs of constructing purpose-built vessels that would comply with the U.S. Jones Act and meet the needs of the U.S. offshore wind industry. The Jones Act requires any vessel transporting cargo between U.S. ports, or between U.S. ports and offshore facilities, be built and flagged in the U.S. The study presents designs for two Jones Act compliant vessel options: a wind turbine installation vessel and a feeder barge. Estimating packages were sent to multiple U.S. shipyards and indicative prices of $222 million for the wind turbine installation vessel and $87 million for feeder barge were received. Using the cost data, a business model was created that showed 10-years of work, or a pipeline of approximately 3,500 to 4,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity (roughly equivalent to the expected low regional offshore wind deployment trajectory), would provide the owner of a wind turbine installation vessel with a reasonable rate of return.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017
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Northeast Offshore Wind Regional Market Characterization Report

Source/Sponsor: 
NYSERDA, MassCEC, MADOER, RI Office of Energy Resources, Clean Energy States Alliance
Creator/Author: 
Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC
Description: 

The Northeast Offshore Wind Regional Market Characterization report identifies the opportunities and challenges that will shape the offshore wind market. It estimates the scale of potential offshore wind deployment to serve Northeast markets through 2030, given the nature of the offshore wind resource, federal lease opportunities, state policies, regional energy needs, existing electricity generation and planned retirements, and transmission capacity. The report finds that a low regional deployment trajectory could lead to 4,000 megawatts of offshore wind generation by 2030 off the Atlantic coast of the Northeast. A high regional deployment trajectory could lead to nearly 8,000 megawatts, which could power almost four million homes. The report also provides background information on topics ranging from interconnection infrastructure and permitting timelines to electricity markets and relevant public policies.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017
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BOEM Finalizes North Carolina Offshore Lease

Source/Sponsor: 
BOEM
Creator/Author: 
BOEM
Description: 
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has finalized a lease with Avangrid Renewables for a 122,405-acre wind area offshore North Carolina. The lease goes into effect on November 1, 2017.
 
In March, Avangrid placed a winning bid of $9,066,650 for the Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area. 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.
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Publication Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017
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2016 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report Released by DOE

Source/Sponsor: 
U.S. Department of Energy
Creator/Author: 
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Description: 
The 2016 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and is intended to provide offshore wind policymakers, regulators, developers, researchers, engineers, financiers, and supply chain participants, with quantitative information about the offshore wind market, technology, and cost trends in the United States and worldwide. 
 
In particular, this report is intended to provide detailed information on the domestic offshore wind industry to provide context to help navigate technical and market barriers and opportunities. The scope of the report covers the status of the 111 operating offshore wind projects in the global fleet through December 31, 2016, and provides the status and analysis on a broader pipeline of 593 projects at some stage of development. In addition, this report provides a wider assessment of domestic developments and events through the second quarter of 2017 to provide a more up-to-date discussion of this dynamically evolving industry.
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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
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Delaware Establishes Offshore Wind Working Group

Source/Sponsor: 
State of Delaware
Creator/Author: 
State of Delaware
Description: 
Delaware Governor John Carney on August 28, 2017 signed an executive order establishing the Offshore Wind Working Group to study potential environmental and economic development benefits of offshore wind development to serve Delaware.
 
The working group will begin meeting in September and will review economic opportunities and environmental benefits of offshore wind development, and the costs and benefits of developing offshore wind. Working group members also will review laws and regulations governing the development of renewable energy, and recommend changes. Additionally, they will identify barriers and opportunities involved in developing offshore wind to benefit Delawareans.
 
By December 15, 2017, the working group will submit a report to the Governor that makes recommendations on short- and long-term strategies for developing wind power to serve Delaware, and plans to develop job opportunities in the offshore wind industry. The group also will draft any necessary legislation, including possible amendments to Delaware’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act.
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Publication Date: 
Monday, August 28, 2017
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