Tag: offshore wind

Army Corps Proposes New Nationwide Permit for Offshore Wind and Hydrokinetic Pilot Projects

The Army Corps of Engineers (the “Corps”) is seeking comments on a new proposed nationwide permit (“NWP”) for offshore wind and hydrokinetic pilot projects.  In its February 16, 2011 Proposal to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits, the Corps described a new NWP for “Water-Based Renewable Energy Pilot Projects” that could give developers a reprieve from … Continue Reading

BOEMRE Proposes to Streamline Leasing on the OCS

There’s good news for offshore wind and hydrokinetic project developers looking to site projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”). The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (“BOEMRE” or the “Bureau”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) on February 16, 2010 to delete a step in the regulatory process for issuing noncompetitive leases … Continue Reading

New Jersey Adopts Rules for Offshore Wind Energy Approval

In a long-awaited announcement, last week the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities adopted rules to codify the State’s Offshore Wind Economic Development Act. The new rules provide the process for an applicant to submit project information and to propose a pricing method and structure for Offshore Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) for the Board’s consideration. … Continue Reading

Maine Seeks to Assert Itself as Leader in Offshore Energy

In recent months, the State of Maine has sought the spotlight in the offshore renewable energy space.  This entry summarizes three major events that have marked the state’s move toward a leadership role.   Maine Signs MOU with Nova Scotia On July 12, 2010, Governor John E. Baldacci signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Nova … Continue Reading

Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Issues Final Recommendations

On Monday, July 19, 2010, the White House Council on Environmental Quality ("CEQ") issued the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force.  The Final Recommendations are the culmination of a process that began on June 12, 2009 when President Obama formed the Task Force and tasked it with developing recommendations to enhance national … Continue Reading

DOI/DOE MOU for Offshore Renewable Energy Projects, Part 2

  To follow up on my colleague Janet Jacobs’ blog on this exciting topic, here’s some more detailed information about the MOU, especially as it relates to marine and hydrokinetic ("MHK") technologies:   The United States Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (“EERE”) and the United States Department of the Interior’s newly-renamed … Continue Reading

DOI/DOE MOU for Offshore Renewable Energy Projects

  Yesterday, the Department of the Interior (“DOI”) and the Department of Energy (“DOE”)  entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to bring together resources and expertise from both agencies as the US develops commercial-scale offshore wind and water energy projects on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.   The wind and water resources off the … Continue Reading

Interior Secretary Approves Cape Wind Project

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that he was approving the Cape Wind Project, the Nation’s first deep water offshore wind project. Secretary Salazar’s decision overcomes a recommendation from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) to disapprove the Project because of impacts to properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National … Continue Reading

GVSU and MAREC Seek Partner for Met Tower in Lake Michigan

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and its Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) have issued a Request for Proposals seeking funding partners to develop an offshore research platform and wind assessment meteorological (MET) tower installation.  GVSU and MAREC have acquired $3.1 Million in grants and research monies to fund a portion of the Project.  Partners … Continue Reading

Rhode Island PUC Rejects Offshore Wind PPA

Last week, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission rejected a power purchase agreement (PPA) between Deepwater Wind and National Grid, the state’s largest utility, stating that the deal’s projected cost of electricity did not qualify as “commercially reasonable” under a test required by state law.  Deepwater would have charged National Grid 24.4 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2013, … Continue Reading

Virginia Jumping in to Offshore Wind

In late February, the Associated Press reported that the Minerals Management Service received proposals from two Virginia companies for leases on the outer continental shelf to develop offshore wind farms.  Apex Wind Energy Inc. is proposing to lease 116,000 acres for an undetermined number of wind turbines with the potential to generate up to 1,500 … Continue Reading

Michigan GLOW Council Issues Legislative Recommendations for Offshore Wind

Michigan’s Great Lakes Wind Council (GLOW Council), an advisory body within the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth to examine issues and make recommendations related to offshore wind development in Michigan, has issued recommendations for a regulatory framework for offshore wind in Michigan’s Great Lakes.  These recommendations follow the GLOW Council’s September 1, 2009 report (see previous blog … Continue Reading

Michigan Announces $1.3M in Grants for Offshore Wind Research

On February 8, 2010, the Michigan Public Service Commission issued an order approving $1.6 million in Michigan Energy Efficiency grants, $1.3 million of which will go to Grand Valley State University, Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, in partnership with the University of Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute to conduct and/or perform studies to explore the feasibility … Continue Reading

Cuyahoga County Issues RFP for Studies on Lake Erie

On January 21, 2010, the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force, under the authority of Cuyahoga County, issued a Request for Proposals to agencies and organizations interested in providing Avian and Bat ecological studies.  The studies supplement the Task Force’s Feasibility Study for an early stage commercial deployment project consisting of up to eight (8) … Continue Reading

New York Power Authority issues RFP for Great Lakes Wind

Earlier this week, the New York Power Authority issued a Request for Proposals for the development of offshore wind projects in either Lake Ontario or Lake Erie.  The Power Authority is soliciting proposals for the development of a utility scale, offshore wind power project in the range of 120 to 500 MW.  The date for submitting … Continue Reading

Maryland Jumps Into Offshore Wind

The Maryland Energy Administration has issued a Request for Expression of Information and Interest to gather information from industry representatives on the potential for offshore wind development in the state.  The MEA is also simultaneously initiating a study to evaluate opportunities for offshore wind energy on the Maryland coast (state waters) and the Outer Continental … Continue Reading

Michigan’s Great Lakes Wind Council Finalizes Offshore Report

On September 1, 2009, the Great Lakes Wind Council, created by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm in February 2009, issued its final report to the Governor.  The intended purpose of the report is to identify criteria that can be used to review applications for offshore wind development in the Great Lakes, and to identify criteria for identifying and mapping areas … Continue Reading

Interior Issues Limited Leases for Offshore Wind Projects

On June 23, 2009, the Minerals Management Service, a division within the U.S. Department of Interior, issued five limited leases to offshore wind energy developers for wind data collection on the Outer Continental Shelf.  These leases will allow for the construction of meteorological towers to collect site-specific data on wind speed, intensity, and direction.  The data collected under … Continue Reading

Rhode Island Legislation Proposed to Move Offshore Wind Forward

Rhode Island has introduced legislation to encourage offshore wind development.  Under the draft bill, the state’s largest electricity supplier, National Grid, would be required to purchase the energy output from an offshore wind project proposed by the state’s selected preferred offshore wind developer, Deepwater Wind.  National Grid has said that it supports the proposal, under … Continue Reading
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