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Massachusetts has the largest technical offshore wind potential by wind speed, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Two BOEM commercial wind energy leases were auctioned in 2015, one to OffshoreMW, LLC and the other to RES America Developments, Inc. The latter has sold its development rights to DONG Energy.

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State Resources

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Appendix 3.8-B: Cape Wind Energy Project Draft Fisheries Report Cape Wind Associates, LLC Sep 5 2006
Oil Spill Probability Analysis for the Cape Wind Energy Project in Nantucket Sound ESS Group; Applied Science Associates, Inc. (ASA) Sep 11 2006
Appendix 3.9-B: Potential Impacts to Predator-Prey Relationships as a Result of the Proposed Cape Wind Project in Nantucket Sound Cape Wind Associates, LLC Sep 12 2006
Long-Tailed Duck Report Winter 2005-2006 Cape Wind Associates, LLC Sep 15 2006
Technical Report- Appendix 3.11-C: Visual Impact Assessment of Multiple Historic Properties- Cape Wind Energy Project Cape Wind Associates, LLC Sep 25 2006
Final EIR Underwater Noise Analysis Cape Wind Associates, LLC Sep 28 2006
Fisheries Data Report South of Tuckernuck Area Cape Wind Associates, LLC Sep 28 2006
Summary of Scoping Comments- Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)- Cape Wind Energy Project US Minerals Management Service (MMS) Oct 18 2006
Revised Navigational Risk Assessment- Cape Wind Project, Nantucket Sound Cape Wind Associates, LLC Nov 16 2006
Tern Observations Near Monomoy Island August 28-31, 2006 Cape Wind Associates, LLC Dec 8 2006
Certificate of the Secretary of Environmental Affairs on the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Cape Wind Project (EOEA #12643) Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) Mar 29 2007
Technical Assessment of Onshore and Offshore Wind Generation Potential in New England Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE) May 1 2007
Comparison of Cape Wind Scientific Data Tower Wind Speed Data with ISO New England List of Top Ten Electric Demand Days Cape Wind Associates, LLC Jul 2 2007
New England Electricity Scenario Analysis Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE) Aug 2 2007
Habitat Classification Feasibility Study for Coastal and Marine Environments in Massachusetts Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Oct 9 2007
Chapter 114 of the Acts of 2008- An Act Relative to Oceans Massachusetts Legislature Apr 28 2008
Final Decision- Cape Wind- NSTAR Approval to Construct Two 115 kV Electric Transmission Lines (EFSB 02-2A/D.T.E. 02-53) Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) May 1 2008
Biological Assessment- Cape Wind Energy Project, Nantucket Sound US Minerals Management Service (MMS) Jun 16 2008
Chapter 169 of the Acts of 2008- Green Communities Act Massachusetts Legislature Jul 2 2008
Massachusetts Renewable Energy Potential Final Report Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER); Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) Aug 6 2008
Chapter 298 of the Acts of 2008- Global Warming Solutions Act Massachusetts Legislature Aug 7 2008
Agenda for Stakeholder Meeting on November 5, 2008 (DPU 08-88) Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Oct 29 2008
Minerals Management Service (MMS) Documentation of Section 106 Finding of Adverse Effect (FAE) (Revised)- Cape Wind Energy Project US Minerals Management Service (MMS) Dec 22 2008
US Coast Guard (USCG) Assessment of Potential Impacts to Marine Navigation Safety- Cape Wind Energy Project US Coast Guard (USCG) Jan 13 2009
Cape Wind Energy Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) US Minerals Management Service (MMS) Jan 23 2009
220 CMR 17.00 et seq. Long Term Contracts for Renewable Energy (DPU 08-88, Attachment A) Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Mar 6 2009
Order Opening a Rulemaking to Implement the Provisions on Long-Term Contracts for Renewable Energy from An Act Relative to Green Communities (DPU 08-88) Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Mar 6 2009
Determining Night-Time Distribution of Long-Tailed Ducks Using Satellite Telemetry US Minerals Management Service (MMS) Apr 7 2009
Wind Energy in Massachusetts: 2,000 MW by 2020 Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) Apr 28 2009
Policy Recommendations for Congressional and Executive Branch Leaders on Transmission and Offshore Wind Development Governors John Baldacci (ME); James Douglas (VT); John Lynch (NH); Deval Patrick (MA); Donald Carcieri (RI); David Paterson (NY); Jon Corzine (NJ); Jack Markell (DE); Martin O'Malley (MD); Timothy Kaine (VA) May 4 2009