Supporting & Complementary Assets/Infrastructure

(Labor and Workforce Development; Ports Infrastructure; Supply Chain Development- Project Development, Manufacturing/Assembly, Construction/Installation, Operations & Maintenance)

BOEM Draft Guidance on Use of a Project Design Envelope

Source/Sponsor: 
BOEM
Creator/Author: 
BOEM
Description: 
Before a lessee may build an offshore wind energy facility on their commercial wind lease, they must submit a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) for review and approval by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) (see 30 CFR 585.620(C)). Pursuant to 30 CFR 585.626, the COP must include a description of all planned facilities, including onshore and support facilities, as well as anticipated project easement needs for the project. It must also describe the activities related to the project including construction, commercial operations, maintenance, decommissioning, and site clearance procedures. There are benefits to allowing lessees to describe a reasonable range of project designs in a COP, because of the project complexity, the unpredictability of the environment in which it will be constructed, and/or the rapid pace of technological development within the industry.
 
In the renewable energy industry, a permit application or plan that describes a reasonable range of project designs is referred to as taking a Project Design Envelope (PDE) approach. BOEM has decided that it will give offshore renewable energy lessees the option to use a PDE approach when submitting a COP. This draft guidance outlines the use of a PDE approach in a COP. This PDE approach is an entirely voluntary option.
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Publication Date: 
Friday, January 12, 2018
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Massachusetts Offshore Wind Ports and Infrastructure Assessment

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Creator/Author: 
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Description: 
In order to maximize economic development opportunities in Massachusetts associated with the emerging offshore wind industry, MassCEC has completed the Massachusetts Offshore Wind Ports & Infrastructure Assessment to identify and assess additional waterfront sites in the Commonwealth that may be available for private investment by the offshore wind industry. 
 
While three offshore wind developers with leases in waters south of Martha’s Vineyard have committed to using the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as the primary area for the staging, assembly and deployment of turbine components, the offshore wind industry has identified additional activities, including the construction and staging of foundations, manufacturing of components, and long-term operations and maintenance facilities, that may require secondary locations.  With that in mind, MassCEC has identified a number of waterfront properties in Massachusetts that could be acquired and potentially improved through private investment to become suitable facilities for a number of offshore wind activities.  MassCEC’s main objective for this assessment is to provide detailed property information to guide the offshore wind industry in their decision-making process when selecting sites to manufacture, stage and service offshore wind components for the offshore wind market in Massachusetts and along the East Coast. 
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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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Massachusetts Issues RFP for Long-Term Contracts for Offshore Wind Energy Projects

Source/Sponsor: 
Massachusetts DOER, Unitil, National Grid, Eversource Energy
Creator/Author: 
Massachusetts DOER, Unitil, National Grid, Eversource Energy
Description: 

Massachusetts' state investor-owned electric distribution companies in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources have issued an RFP for 400 MW of offshore wind generation (including RECs) and the associated transmission. The contracts are for a 15 - 20 year period. The projects must enter commercial operations before January 1, 2027.

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Maryland PSC Awards ORECS to U.S. Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC

Source/Sponsor: 
Maryland Public Service Commission
Creator/Author: 
Maryland Public Service Commission
Description: 
The Maryland Public Service Commission has awarded offshore wind renewable energy credits (ORECs) to two projects to be built off the coast of Maryland. This decision will enable U.S. Wind, Inc. and Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC to construct 368 megawatts of capacity, together yielding over $1.8 billion of in-state spending, creating almost 9,700 new direct and indirect jobs and contributing $74 million in state tax revenues over 20 years. 
 
Each company is awarded ORECs at a levelized price of $131.93 per megawatt-hour (MWh) for a term of 20 years, beginning in January 2021 for U.S. Wind and 2023 for Skipjack. According to the Commission’s independent consultant, Levitan & Associates, Inc., the net ratepayer bill impacts associated with the Commission’s approval are projected to be less than $1.40 per month for residential customers and less than a 1.4 percent impact on the annual bills of commercial and industrial (C&I) customers – both less than the ratepayer impacts authorized by the enabling legislation, the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013. Those impacts will not take effect until electricity is actually generated by the projects. U.S. Wind’s project is expected to be operational in early 2020; Skipjack anticipates being in operation near the end of 2022.
 
In Order No. 88192 in Case No. 9431, the Commission attached nearly 30 conditions to the approval, including requirements that the developers create a minimum of 4,977 direct jobs during the development, construction and operating phases of the projects; pass 80 percent of any construction costs savings to ratepayers; and contribute $6 million each to the Maryland Offshore Wind Business Development Fund.
 
The companies will be required to use port facilities in the greater Baltimore region and Ocean City for construction and operations and maintenance activities. The developers must invest collectively at least $76 million in a steel fabrication plant in Maryland and together fund at least $39.6 million to support port upgrades at the Tradepoint Atlantic (formerly Sparrows Point) shipyard in Baltimore County.
 
Order No. 88192 can be downloaded below.
 
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Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017
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Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013

Source/Sponsor: 
State of Maryland
Creator/Author: 
State of Maryland
Description: 

The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 requires a maximum of 2.5% of retail electricity to be generated from offshore wind starting in 2017. The wind carve-out is part of the Tier 1 requirement. The Act promotes Maryland's economy by requiring offshore projects to favor in-state manufacturing in order to be considered by the Maryland Public Service Commission.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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NYSERDA RFP Seeks Offshore Wind Consultants

Source/Sponsor: 
NYSERDA
Creator/Author: 
NYSERDA
Description: 

Offshore wind energy will play an important role in helping New York State achieve its clean energy goals. To develop this valuable resource responsibly and thoughtfully, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is crafting an Offshore Wind Master Plan to outline the State’s comprehensive offshore wind strategy. NYSERDA is issuing an RFP to establish a pool of qualified contractors to assist with the development of the Offshore Wind Master Plan and associated offshore wind energy activities in New York. Proposals are due by Jan. 12, 2017.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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SEA POWER Georgia’s Offshore and Nearshore Wind Resource Coincidence with Electrical Demand Load.

Source/Sponsor: 
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Creator/Author: 
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Description: 

Georgia´s offshore wind resources would be able to provide high value, and high demand energy when it is needed the most: hot summers afternoons. Based on research, Georgia´s Sea Breeze effect is positively correlated with Georgia Power´s hourly electrical demandduring summertime. Therfore, offshore wind energy resources have good coincidence with electrical demand load.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
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Cape Wind Associates Denied a Request to Extend Permit for Power Lines

Source/Sponsor: 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board
Creator/Author: 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board
Description: 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board denied a permit extension to Cape Wind Associates for two power lines for its proposed offshore wind farm. The "tentative decision" was based on the improbablity of Cape Wind Associates' ability to start construction by mid-2017.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
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Recommended Criteria and Process for the Evaluation and Selection of Offshore Wind Applications

Source/Sponsor: 
Maryland Public Service Commission Staff
Creator/Author: 
Levitan & Associates
Description: 

From the Introduction and Overview: "This report was prepared to make certain that the Commission's offshore wind procurement, evaluation, and selection process (i) is as fair, transparent, and workable as possible, (ii) leads to robust and competitive bids, and (iii) preserves the ratepayer protections defined in the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013."

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Publication Date: 
Friday, April 4, 2014
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Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Environmental Report (ER)/Construction and Operations Plan (COP)- Appendix U Navigational Risk Assessment

Source/Sponsor: 
Deepwater Wind
Creator/Author: 
Tetra Tech EC
Description: 

Appendix U contains a navigational risk assessment of potential risks to navigation safety as a result of the construction, installation, operation, and placement of the Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System.

 
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Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 27, 2012
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