The announcement identifies an excluded area that will not be considered for leasing or approval of site assessment plans in the offshore Massachusetts Wind Energy Area (WEA); alternatives to the proposed area, and mitigation measures to be considered further in the Environmental Assessment (EA).
List of 10 nominations of interest for a commercial lease for a wind energy project, including: Arcadia Offshore Massachusetts, LLC; Condor Wind Energy, LLC; Deepwater Wind New England, LLC.; Energy Management, Inc.; enXco Development Corporation; Fishermen's Energy, LLC.; Iberdrola Renewables, Inc.; Neptune Wind, LLC; Offshore MW, LLC; and, US Mainstream Renewable Power (Offshore).
The law requires National Grid to sign a long-term contract (at least 10 years) to buy up to 150 MW from utility-scale offshore wind energy facilities developed off the coast of Rhode Island.
Link to Rhode Island Legislature website: Section 39-26.1-8 page
The law authorizes National Grid to enter into an amended power purchase agreement with Deepwater Wind for a demonstration project of up to 8 wind turbines with aggregate nameplate capacity of less than 30 MW. The project must include a transmission cable between the Town of New Shoreham (Block Island) and the mainland.
Link to Rhode Island Legislature website: Section 39-26.1-7 page
The Maine Coastal Atlas Mapping Portal is a tool and repository for coastal and marine spatial data, including the Maine Coastal and Marine Research Database (CMRD).
Link to MCP website: Coastal Atlas page
The Interactive Map of Demonstration Sites enables users to review the original Planning Areas, final Ocean Energy Demonstration Sites, and some of the key map criteria considered in selecting the final sites.
Link to Maine DOC website: Interactive Map page
This Section 238 research lease application (Lease No. 2) proposes six Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sub-blocks to be leased for the siting of six demonstration turbines for testing advanced offshore wind technologies and hosting one metocean platform. The metocean platform would be a prototype for two similar platforms to be sited on the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy's (DMME) Section 238 Research Lease No. 1.