Coastal & Ocean Management Planning

New York Releases GEIS for Offshore Wind Energy Procurement

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State Public Service Commission
Creator/Author: 
New York State Department of Public Service, Ecology and Environment, Inc.
Description: 

This Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (draft GEIS), prepared pur- suant to the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), ana- lyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the State’s procurement of this 2.4 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030, and builds upon and incorporates by reference relevant material from NYSERDA’s Offshore Wind Master Plan.

The docket for this matter can be found here.

 

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Effects Matrix for Evaluating Potential Impacts of OSW Energy Development on U.S. Atlantic Coastal Habitats

Source/Sponsor: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
ICF, Research Planning, Inc.
Description: 
This white paper provides a means of evaluating potential impacts of offshore wind (OSW) facilities on coastal habitats along the U.S. Atlantic coast in support of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation for OSW facilities. The intent of this white paper is to provide a mechanism to assist in efforts supporting a more “efficient and coordinated permitting process for offshore wind energy developments.” To this end, the final product is an effects matrix that generates a table of overall effects using intensity, context, and duration, as well as ranking (thresholds) for impacts.
 
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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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Will Communities "open-up" to Offshore Wind?

Source/Sponsor: 
Energy Research & Social Science
Creator/Author: 
Sarah C. Klein, Terre Satterfield, Suzanne MacDonald, Nicholas Battista, Kai M.A. Chan
Description: 
In this study published in Volume 34 of Energy Research & Social Science, the authors conducted interviews and document analysis to assess the extent to which design principles from the analytic- deliberative process literature arose during public engagement on three New England islands adjacent to proposed offshore wind farms. In their study sites—amongst the array of criteria in the literature—good public engagement boiled down to two key themes: enabling bidirectional deliberative learning and providing community benefit. Decision processes perceived as effective occurred when (1) participants, including experts and local stakeholders, learned from each other while reconciling technical expertise with citizen values; and (2) outcomes included the provision of collaboratively negotiated community benefits. The findings highlight that community benefits are not the same as benefits to groups of individuals. Attending to these key themes may improve the quality of interactions among communities, government authorities and developers when deciding if and where to site renewable energy infrastructure. 
 
The study sites were Block Island (RI), Martha's Vineyard (MA), and Monhegan Island (ME).
 
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Publication Date: 
Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Maryland Energy Administration High Resolution Geophysical Resource Survey

Source/Sponsor: 
Maryland Energy Administration
Creator/Author: 
Coastal Planning & Engineering, Inc.
Description: 

Coastal Planning & Engineering, Inc., a CB&I Company, was contracted by the Maryland Energy Administration to conduct a high-resolution geophysical survey of the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Maryland in an area designated by the U.S. Department of Interior as the Maryland Wind Energy Area. The main objective of the survey was to collect and compile a comprehensive geophysical dataset as well as identify potential hazards and submerged cultural resources in support of the future development of a large utility-scale wind farm that will supply Maryland electricity consumers with a sustainable source of clean renewable energy. The high- resolution geophysical survey was planned prior to the federal government’s leasing of the Outer Continental Shelf Maryland Wind Energy Area in an effort to streamline and jumpstart the development process.

 

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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New York State Department of State Offshore Atlantic Ocean Study

Source/Sponsor: 
New York State
Creator/Author: 
New York State Department of State
Description: 

This two-year study generated and assembled the most comprehensive dataset of physical, biological, geographic, and socioeconomic information available for the Atlantic Ocean waters offshore New York State. In its entirety, the offshore planning area constituted approximately 12,650 square nautical miles (16,740 square miles) off the south shore of New York City and Long Island. This study provides information for state and federal decision-making, supplementing available use and resource data. It contains physical, biological, geographic, and socioeconomic information.

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Publication Date: 
Monday, July 1, 2013
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Marine Wildlife Survey Results from BOEM and MassCEC

Source/Sponsor: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Mass Clean Energy Center
Creator/Author: 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Mass Clean Energy Center
Description: 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) announce the results of two new multi-year marine wildlife survey efforts that focus on collecting baseline biological occurrence and distribution data for whale, turtle, and bird species within the Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) offshore Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The wildlife surveys found that the Massachusetts and Rhode Island WEAs avoid the high concentrations of protected species of whales, turtles and seabirds in these areas.

Reports:

Abundance and Distribution of Seabirds off Southeastern Massachusetts, 2011-2015.

Northeast Large Pelagic Survey Collaborative Aerial and Acoustic Surveys for Large Whales and Sea Turtles.

 

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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Benthic Habitat Mapping and Assessment in the Wilmington-East Wind Energy Call Area

Source/Sponsor: 
U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Description: 

In 2012, BOEM identified three Wind Energy Call Areas off of North Carolina (US Government, Federal Register Vol 77, No. 240, December 2012): the Kitty Hawk Call Area is located near the North Carolina-Virginia border whereas both the Wilmington-West and Wilmington-East Call Areas are located near the North Carolina-South Carolina border, near Cape Fear and Frying Pan Shoals. In August 2014, BOEM announced three, fully vetted, WEAs offshore of North Carolina, in which each of the three Call Areas were reduced in size. This research project examined the seafloor and benthic communities in the Wilmington-East Call Area with some assessments focused on the smaller Wilmington-East WEA.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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Benthic Habitat Mapping and Assessment in the Wilmington-East Wind Energy Call Area

Source/Sponsor: 
US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Description: 

In 2012, BOEM identified three Wind Energy Call Areas off of North Carolina, the Kitty Hawk Call Area is located near the North Carolina-Virginia border whereas both the Wilmington-West and Wilmington-East Call Areas are located near the North Carolina-South Carolina border, near Cape Fear and Frying Pan Shoals. In August 2014, BOEM announced three, fully vetted, WEAs offshore of North Carolina, in which each of the three Call Areas were reduced in size. This research project examined the seafloor and benthic communities in the Wilmington-East Call Area with some assessments focused on the smaller Wilmington-East WEA.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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BOEM Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (North Carolina)

Source/Sponsor: 
US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Description: 

On January 23, 2015, BOEM published an Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review and comment. BOEM carefully considered all comments received, and on September 17, 2015, made available a revised environmental assessment (EA) for the Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) offshore North Carolina. As a result of the analysis in the revised EA, BOEM issued a "Finding of No Significant Impact" (FONSI), which concluded that reasonably foreseeable environmental effects associated with the commercial wind lease issuance and related activities would not significantly impact the environment. 

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 17, 2015
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BOEM Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Assessment (South Carolina)

Source/Sponsor: 
US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Creator/Author: 
US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Description: 

BOEM announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Assessment for potential commercial wind leasing and site assessment activities on the Atlantic OCS offshore South Carolina.

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Publication Date: 
Monday, November 23, 2015
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