This Record of Decision (ROD) is the second decision document regarding the Cape Wind Energy Project. No significant new information bearing on the environmental impacts has been presented since the issuance of the April 28, 2010 ROD. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) decided to approve Cape Wind Associates' Construction and Operations Pla (COP), with modifications.
Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) filed this application for a right-of-way (ROW) grant to a total of 300 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) blocks. Seven OCS blocks were identified as potential offshore converter station hubs. The transmission corridor would encompass a 24 square mile area of the OCS blocks (or 1% of total area). When fully built, the project would comprise about 790 square miles of offshore transmission cable that would enable up to 7,000 MW of offshore wind turbine capacity to be integrated into the regional high-voltage grid.
The Eastern PJM States request PJM Interconnection to evaluate the Atlantic Wind Connection's (AWC's) benefits and impacts to the states in areas such as reliability, market efficiency, and congestion costs.
This Record of Decision (ROD) summarizes the background of the Cape Wind project, the alternatives the Minerals Management Service (MMS) considered, the environmentally preferable alternative, the basis for MMS' decision to select the proposed action, required mitigation measures, and the process MMS undertook to involve the public and other agencies. The decision was made to offer a commercial lease to Cape Wind Associates (CWA). Prior to conducting any construction activities, CWA must submit and obtain approval of its Construction and Operation Plan (COP).
Through this notice, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) provided its determination of no competitive interest (DNCI) for the Atlantic Wind Connection's (AWC) proposed right-of-way (ROW) grant to build a regional offshore electrical transmission system on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) clarifies jurisdictional understandings between the US Department of Interior (DOI) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding offshore renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) clarifies jurisdictional understandings and responsibilities between the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the Coast Guard (USCG) regarding offshore renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
Cape Wind would have produced an average of 321 MW (76% of Cape Wind’s total capacity) during the times of greatest electric demand in New England according to the list of Ten Top Demand Days maintained on the website of the electric grid manager, ISO New England.
The Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates topics in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for which new information has become available since the FEIS was published and which potentially could be material to the decision-making process.
In this Order, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approved National Grid's petition to enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Cape Wind for the purchase of 50% of the output of the Cape Wind project. DPU denied National Grid's petition to approve a second power purchase agreement (PPA) with Cape Wind for the remainder of the project's output, ruling that approval of a second contract at this time would serve no clear purpose. Under the approved Cape Wind contract (PPA-1), National Grid agrees to purchase the energy, capacity, and renewable energy credits associated with the project for $187 per MWh for 15 years, escalating annually by 3.5%. The total amount of generation from the Cape Wind contract is expected to equal roughly 3.5% of National Grid's total distribution demand.