Announcements

  • New York Announces Offshore Wind Awards

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the largest combined renewable energy awards ever by a state in the U.S., further cementing the State’s leadership in combatting climate change and growing the clean energy economy.

    These unprecedented procurements resulted in two offshore wind projects, Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind, and 24 large-scale land-based clean energy projects, totaling more than 4,700 megawatts – enough new renewable capacity to power almost 2 million New York homes for at least 20 years.

    Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind will leverage almost $3 of private funding for every $1 of public funding for a combined $644 million investment in resilient port facilities in the Capital Region and Brooklyn. As a result of these awards, the Port of Albany will host the nation’s first offshore wind tower manufacturing facility and the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal will establish a cutting-edge turbine staging facility and also serve as the long-term operations and maintenance hub for these projects and Equinor’s U.S. Offshore Wind Hub.

    Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind will also deliver significant economic benefits to disadvantaged communities, including $47 million in workforce development training, new innovation, and community benefits funding. Additionally, projects are expected to bring approximately $1 billion of avoided health impact benefits in the form of avoided hospitalization and asthma and respiratory diseases, which have historically and disproportionately impacted those living in disadvantaged and environmental justice communities.

    Equinor has committed to environmental and fishing mitigation plans and will continue to engage with the E- and F-TWGs to adapt their development processes in an environmentally responsible manner. In addition, nearly $25 million will be committed to support regional monitoring of wildlife and key commercial fish stocks to better understand and minimize the potential impacts of responsibly transitioning to this clean energy source. This money will be split equally between these two topic areas.

  • BOEM Releases South Fork Wind Draft EIS

    BOEM has released the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIS) for the South Fork Project. There will be three virtual public meetings where participants can learn the review process, EIS schedule, potential impacts from the proposed project, and proposals to reduce such impacts:

    • Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.
    • Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m.

    Starting January 8th, 2021, the public may leave comments on the document. For more information and access to the DEIS, see the BOEM website.

  • U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System COVID-19 Working Group to host Virtual Session

    On Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 2:00-3:30 pm EST, the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) COVID-19 Working Group (C-19 WG) will hosting a virtual Industry Listening Session.   This session’s purpose is to hear directly from all segments of the maritime industry regarding issues and impacts on maritime operations and the workforce resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic. More information on this session can be found here.

    To Access the Listening Session
    To Join: https://usdot.webex.com/join/nuns.jain   
    Telcon: 404-443-2170; Access Code: 60061206#

  • New England and Mid-Atlantic commercially permitted vessels to submit electronic trip reports

    NOAA will require commercially permitted vessels and fire-hire vessels in both the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council regions to submit vessel trip reports electronically within 48 hours of the end of a trip.

  • ROSA Applications for their Research Advisory Board

    The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) is soliciting applications for their Research Advisory Board. They are seeking subject matter experts from governmental agencies, academia, the fishing and offshore wind industries, and other organizations. Research Advisors will provide support and guidance to ROSA on scientific activities. More information and instructions for how to apply to be a Research Advisor here. The deadline for applications is December 18, 2020.

  • EnBW Soliciting Information from the Commercial Fishing Industry

    Offshore wind developer EnBW is soliciting information from commercial fishermen using an online survey. More information on the company and their interest in future leases in the New York Bight area can be found here.

  • Ørsted Virtual Outreach Meetings

    Ørsted is hosting virtual fishing industry outreach meetings every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm until face-to-face outreach is resumed. Meeting schedules and more information is provided here.

  • Repairs on the Block Island Wind Farm Cable

    Ørsted is repairing and re-burying a section of cable for the Block Island Wind Farm through February 2021. The Notice to Mariners is here.  

  • Black Sea Bass Noise-Sensitivity

    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has published an article on the sensitivity of black sea bass to noise in wind energy development areas. Researchers played recordings of pile driving in the ocean through underwater speakers in the holding tanks. The recordings used were made in 2018 – 2019, during pile driving for construction of new ferry berths in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where black sea bass live. The recordings were consistent with the potential overlaps between pile-driving noise and sound detection abilities of black sea bass. The link to the website post is found here and the full journal article can be found here.

  • MAFMC Offshore Wind Discussion

    The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will discuss offshore wind development updates on their virtual December 15th meeting. More information and attendance instructions can be found on their website.

  • New England and Mid-Atlantic commercially permitted vessels to submit electronic trip reports

    NOAA will require commercially permitted vessels and fire-hire vessels in both the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council regions to submit vessel trip reports electronically within 48 hours of the end of a trip.

  • Final Vineyard Wind EIS delayed by BOEM

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has delayed the release of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for Vineyard Wind until December 11. The Record of Decision is now expected on January 15, 2021.

  • BOEM Releases Ocean Alert App

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released an app for megafaunal sightings. Citizens can use Ocean Alert to upload images, sightings and other species information to the app, which seamlessly stores the data for resource managers. The free app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Ocean Alert is part of BOEM’s larger effort to harness citizen science – data voluntarily collected by the public and shared with scientists – for various research projects. 

  • FREE COVID-19 Testing and Flu Shots Available at Pier 3, New Bedford

    The Southcoast Health Wellness Van will be offering free COVID-19 testing and free flu shots on Pier 3 in New Bedford throughout the months of November and December. Essential workers in the fishing industry and all family members are welcome. Dates and times for these services can be accessed here.

  • Rhode Island’s 600 MW Offshore Wind Solicitation

    The State of Rhode Island announced a new competitive solicitation to procure up to 600 MW of offshore wind energy. This solicitation moves the state closer to its goal of 100% renewables by 2030. The Request for Proposals (RFP) will be developed by National Grid with oversight from the state Office of Energy Resources.

  • RODA Fisheries Synthesis of the Science Workshop Recordings

    The Synthesis of the Science Workshop sessions from October 15th and 16th have been recorded and posted to YouTube.

  • ROSA publishes Draft Interim Fisheries Resources Research, Survey, and Monitoring Guidelines

    ROSA is seeking input from the public on their recent Draft Interim Fisheries Resources Research, Survey, and Monitoring Guidelines. The draft guidelines build on and update existing BOEM guidance, outlining the fundamental elements to include in offshore wind fisheries survey and monitoring plans and identifying the primary resources to help draft and review such plans. More information on the document and steps to provide input to ROSA is provided here.

  • GARFO Publishes Fisheries Landing and Revenue for Wind Development Areas

    Modeled VTR and clam logbook data in wind development areas has been made publicly accessible in the Socioeconomic Impacts of Atlantic Offshore Wind Development report. This data is available for each offshore wind lease or project area in the United States. The landings and revenues are available by species, gear type, port of landing, and state of landing.

  • RODA to host Synthesis of the Science: Interactions Between Offshore Wind Development and Fisheries on October 15, 16, and 30

    The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) is hosting a three-day virtual workshop with the purpose of enhancing regional and national understanding of existing science related to offshore wind energy interactions with fish and fisheries. For more information, the workshop agenda, and registration, see the event webpage.

  • Rhode Island Sea Grant to host symposium on noise and EMF impacts to benthic communities

    Rhode Island Sea Grant will be hosting a free webinar on the effects of noise and EMF on benthic communities on October 20th, 2020 at 9 a.m. More information and registration can be found on the event webpage.

  • OES-Environmental publishes 2020 State of the Science Report: Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Development Around the World

    The State of the Science report includes the most current and pertinent published information on the interactions between marine renewable energy and the surrounding environment. It was developed by over 60 international experts and is regarded as a valuable data source on this important subject. The report is available here.

  • NMFS provides final biological opinion to BOEM on the effects of the proposed Vineyard Wind 1 offshore energy project on protected species

    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has issued their opinion on the effects that the Vineyard Wind 1 project may have on protected species. NMFS concluded that the proposed action is likely to adversely affect but is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any ESA listed species of whales, sea turtles, and Atlantic sturgeon. No effects to any designated critical habitat are anticipated. NMFS will publish the final document to their website in the near future.

  • MACO to host Port Access and Navigation Safety Studies Webinar October 8th, 2020

    The Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean (MACO) is hosting a webinar on October 8th, 2020 at 2 p.m. This public webinar features discussion from U.S. Coast Guard representatives about port access and navigation safety studies that the agency is leading along the Atlantic Coast as offshore wind development proceeds. For more information and registration, see the event website.

  • New Jersey opens up 2.4 GW offshore wind solicitation

    The state of New Jersey announced the opening of an application window for up to 2.4 GW of offshore wind energy. As the state’s second solicitation, this announcement seeks to award between 1,200 MW and 2,400 MW (2.4 GW) of offshore wind energy- potentially tripling the State’s committed capacity from 1,100 MW to 3,500 MW. The NJ Board of Public Utilities also approved the final New Jersey Offshore Wind Strategic Plan.

  • U.K. lobster study has promising results

    Research in the North Sea indicates that the construction of 35 wind turbines in the United Kingdom had no impact on the area’s lobster fishing grounds. The research was conducted by Ørsted and the Holderness Fishing Industry Group- a collaborative that represents commercial fishermen in the port town of Bridlington, England.

  • BOEM Report: Environmental Effects of Turbine Foundations

    BOEM has published a report on the cumulative environmental effects of different offshore wind turbine foundations. This document observed effects and risks as they relate to benthic, pelagic, and avian organisms.

  • EBC hosts a Rhode Island offshore wind webinar

    The Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) will host a Rhode Island offshore wind webinar titled “Update on Rhode Island’s Offshore Wind Growth and Developments” on September 10th at 10 a.m. Additional information and registration for this event can be found here.

  • Project awarded for turbine radar interference mitigation

    A group led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has been awarded a 3-year grant to develop software-based mitigation of wind turbine interference for high-frequency radar data. Building on mitigation research efforts by CODAR Ocean Sensors (funded by BOEM), this project will conduct the necessary system integration, testing, validation, and verification needed for operational capacity

  • MACO Port-Access and Navigational Safety Webinar

    The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of the Ocean’s (MARCO) Committee of the Ocean (MACO) will be hosting a webinar on mid-Atlantic port access and navigation safety studies on September 16th, 2020 from 10:00-11:30 am. For more information, see the event web page.

  • Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind releases a Fisheries Communication Plan

    Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a project off of New Jersey, has released their Fisheries Communication plan. The project is a 50/50 venture between EDF Renewables and Shell New Energies. The document includes an assessment of fishing activity within the Development Area and proposed fisheries communication strategies.

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