Announcements

  • BOEM NY Bight Task Force Meeting

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will be hosting an upcoming virtual meeting of the Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force for the New York Bight on April 14 & 16, 2021.

    The meeting will focus on the following topics:

    • Introducing the New York Bight Wind Energy Areas and Environmental Assessment
    • Providing an overview of and seeking in-depth feedback on the Proposed Sale Notice and related auction format
    • Updating the Task Force on recent state activities

    Registration and more information on this upcoming meeting can be found on their website.

  • BOEM Advances Offshore Wind Development in the New York Bight

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) identified nearly 800,000 acres as Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) in the New York Bight, between Long Island and the New Jersey coast. The agency will now initiate an environmental review, with public input, on these areas in federal waters for potential offshore wind leasing. Maps and more information on these WEAs and offshore wind development within the New York Bight can be found on the agency’s website.

  • New Hampshire Offshore Wind Bill

    New Hampshire Senators are working on a bill to request proposals from Developers for 600 MW of offshore wind to the state. The bill comes from state Sen. David Watters, a Dover Democrat. His proposal would have New Hampshire work with utilities such as Eversource to request developer proposals for 600 megawatts of offshore wind, and up to 200 megawatts more of wind or other renewables such as hydropower or biomass.

  • UK Lessons in Supply Chain Webinar

    The Maine Governor’s Energy Office is holding a webinar on UK Lessons in Supply Chain on March 30. This webinar will be held by UK Government and Carbon Trust, in partnership with the State of Maine and the Maine International Trade Center, on the offshore wind supply chain.

  • Congressional Offshore Wind Caucus

    Four coastal U.S. Representatives have formed the Congressional Offshore Wind Caucus, including Congresswoman Elaine Luria, Congressman Jeff Van Drew, Congressman Jimmy Panetta, and Congressman Salud Carbajal. This bipartisan group aims to develop solutions to address the offshore wind industry’s challenges, promote workforce development, and advocate for policies that will strengthen our economy and improve the environment.

  • Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need – South Fork Wind

    The South Fork Wind Farm received a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need from the New York State Public Service Commission, giving it state approval to land a cable in Wainscott and connect to the grid. This announcement is a huge step for the authorization of construction and operations for the South Fork Wind Farm- a 132 MW proposed project for the State of New York.

  • Massachusetts OSW Solicitation

    The State of Massachusetts announced a third round of bidding for up to 1,600 MW of offshore wind power. New bids must beat the prices of the last two rounds (each around 800 MW) and are due in September. The anticipated date for the execution of contracts is March 28, 2022.

  • 2021 Fishing Season Forecast Webinar

    The National Fisherman will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday, March 18th, 2021, 4 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. PT. The panel discussion will incorporate the latest science and data, vaccine schedules, best practices, and predictions for the 2021 domestic fishing industry and market landscape. For more information and registration, see the National Fisherman website.

  • Learning from the Experts Webinar March 24: Siting and Leasing Offshore Wind Energy Areas

    NYSERDA’s Offshore Wind Team will be hosting a new, educational Learning from the Experts webinar series that will feature independent experts speaking on key offshore wind topics – including wind farm technologies, development practices, regulatory processes, and research initiatives.

    Please join us on Wednesday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET for the first webinar in this series and hear from Luke Feinberg of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) as he discusses the federal process of siting and leasing offshore wind energy areas. Luke is an Energy Program Specialist in BOEM’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs and is currently working to coordinate all renewable activities offshore New York.

    To register, see the event website.

  • BOEM Releases FEIS for the Vineyard Wind Project

    BOEM has published the Vineyard Wind Final Environmental Impact Statement. More information on Vineyard Wind as well as the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) is provided on the BOEM website.

  • $200 million New Jersey Port Upgrade

    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy committed to spend $200 million to upgrade a new port in South Jersey to serve offshore wind projects. Governor Murphy states that the significant investment by New Jersey is a clear signal that it is a place where it wants to locate manufacturing operations. The state hopes to attract manufacturers to provide the cables, foundations and other necessary components of an offshore wind farm to the 200-acre site.

  • New London Community Agreement

    Developers Eversource and Ørsted signed a host community agreement with the city of New London, CT, ending a year-long stalemate. The agreement allows the use of State Pier to develop Revolution Wind, South Fork Wind, and Sunrise Wind.

    Governor Lamont announced the agreement makes Connecticut’s role as a leader in the offshore wind industry official, with New London now poised to become the premier commercial east coast hub for this sector and our state set to become a leader in the transition to renewable energy and the fight against climate change.

  • ME Offshore Wind Fisheries Working Session

    The State of Maine’s first Fisheries Work Session is scheduled for March 10, 5:30-7:30pm. The fisheries-focused work sessions are aimed to gather input and data from members of the commercial and recreational fishing industry and will focus on fishing activity and fisheries habitat.

  • The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meeting

    The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold various meetings over the week of March 1 through March 5th. Council Session I on March 1, 2021 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. will include a presentation on the Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind Project. More information and registration is available here.

  • New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to host a technical conference on offshore wind transmission on March 12

    The purpose of this Technical Conference is to further examine the risks associated with a
    potential separation of the generation and transmission throughout the development and
    operation phases of offshore wind generation development.

    More information and registration is available on their website.

  • NY and NJ U.S. Representatives Urge for Jump-Start in New York Bight Offshore Wind Development

    A group of 25 U.S. Representatives from New York and New Jersey urged BOEM director Amanda Lefton to “jump-start the offshore wind leasing process” in New York Bight.

    New York and New Jersey “would see more high-paying jobs, new sources of tax revenue, and massive capital investments as a result of new leasing and subsequent offshore wind development and construction in the New York Bight,” the representatives wrote, estimating that from 2025 to 2030, construction within the New York Bight could support 32,200 jobs a year, $3.3 billion in annual wages, and $183 million in annual state tax revenue.

  • Request for Qualifications: Regional Wildlife Science Entity

    NYSERDA and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) are officially announcing the Regional Wildlife Science Entity for Offshore Wind (RWSE) Request for Qualifications (RFQL) in collaboration with the Interim Steering Committee.  The RFQL can be found here and will be open until March 11.

    In order to successfully advance environmentally responsible offshore wind power development activities in U.S. waters, this fiscal agent will financially manage multi-sectoral, regional collaboration and science around offshore wind and wildlife for the East Coast of the United States. 

  • 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.

  • New York Offshore Wind Public Webinar

    On February 10th, NYSERDA will be holding a public webinar on offshore wind updates in New York. The webinar will provide details on the two recently-awarded offshore wind projects, Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind, as well as updates on new studies, ongoing research, stakeholder engagement, and the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium.

    Date: Wednesday, February 10
    Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
    Register Here 

  • ABS to Class U.S. First Offshore Wind Farm Service Operation Vessel

    Maritime classification society ABS will class the first U.S.-flagged Jones Act offshore wind farm service operation vessel (SOV) ever ordered.

    The vessel, ordered last year, will be engineered, constructed, and operated by Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) for long-term charter to service the planned Revolution Wind, South Fork Wind, and Sunrise Wind offshore wind farms in the northeast United States.

  • 10-year Moratorium on Offshore Wind Projects in Maine Waters

    Maine Governor Janet Mills proposed a 10-year moratorium on new offshore wind projects in state waters. It would not affect research areas further offshore, or the already-permitted New England Aqua Ventus demonstration project.

  • Biden Administration Executive Order to Double Offshore Wind Power

    President Biden signed an Executive Order that includes doubling offshore wind power generation in U.S. federal waters by 2030. In doing so, President Biden aims to “tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad while creating good-paying union jobs and equitable clean energy future, building modern and sustainable infrastructure, restoring scientific integrity and evidence-based policymaking across the federal government, and re-establishing the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology”.

  • 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.  

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