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First Major US Offshore Wind Farm Reaches Permitting Milestone

study that considers the project's impacts on fisheries and navigation.Publication of the document marks a step forward for the Vineyard Wind project, which has experienced delays over concerns that its wind turbines will hurt commercial fishing. The supplemental review by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, announced last year, also considered the impacts of many such projects due to the growing number of offshore wind farms planned for the East Coast.The Trump administration has sought to fire up development of the nascent offshore wind industry as part of its policy to boost domestic

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BOEM Studies Renewables' Potential in US Gulf

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Gulf of Mexico OCS office published two new studies examining the potential for and impacts of renewable energy projects in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.“Offshore Renewable Energy Technologies in the Gulf of Mexico” analyzed different offshore renewable energy technologies -- including wind, wave, tidal, current, solar, deepwater source cooling and hydrogen --  to determine which are best suited for development in the Gulf of Mexico.Offshore wind, which is of course the most mature of the technologies analyzed, showed the greatest resource

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Vineyard Wind to Miss Startup Target Over Permit Delay

Vineyard Wind, the developer of the first major U.S. offshore wind farm, said on Tuesday it will miss its target to start sending power to Massachusetts by 2022 due to lengthy federal permitting delays.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, part of the U.S. Department of Interior, posted a revised permitting timeline on its website on Tuesday that said it will issue a final decision on the project by Dec. 18, more than a year after its previous target of August 2019."While we need to analyze what a longer permitting timeline will mean for beginning construction, commercial operation in 2022 is no

Longfin squid (Doryteuthis pealeii) are an important species in the east coast squid fishery, which is valued at about $40 million per year. (Photo by Ian Jones, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Ocean Noise: Pile Driving Triggers Alarm Responses in Squid

influence natural, ecologically important behaviors of these squid, and we still have much to learn about how these behavioral changes might influence squids’ interactions with predators and with other squid”.This work was funded in part by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Environmental Studies Program through Interagency Agreement Number M17PG00029 with the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program under

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US Offshore Wind Pipeline Reach 25.8GW

, with one in the Great Lakes, said Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report, prepared by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.California and Hawaii have several early-stage floating offshore wind projects in the planning phase, it said.The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) auctions for three lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts brought in winning bids of $135 million—more than three times the value of previous BOEM auctions—indicating strong interest and confidence in the U.S. offshore wind market.Offtake prices for the first

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Further Delay for Vineyard OWP

.Sif’s ability and confidence to meet this schedule was an important consideration in being selected by Vineyard Wind. Sif scheduled the production of these monopiles for the first half of 2020, said the company.The requirement of an additional Environmental Impact Study (EIS) by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is now delaying the project beyond the timeframe initially assumed by Vineyard Wind. This unexpected requirement again is a good example of the volatility of the offshore wind market.Sif and Vineyard Wind are investigating the impact and possible mitigation of the delays caused

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Atlantic Offshore Wind: Favorable Winds for Maritime

to be brought into the state power grids and ultimately sold to consumers. Winds blow the strongest farther from shore —hence the rush to lease Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) on the OCS. These locations also have the advantage of the turbines not being seen by local beachgoers.To date, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), part of the Interior Department, has awarded 16 leases to a variety of U.S. and European developers. And more leases are due to be auctioned off Long Island, NY, later this year. European developers such as Ørsted, Equinor, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, and Avangrid

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Offshore Wind – A Brief History

moving too slowly or where we need to be?“I think we’re doing really well,” Norton replied.  He cited interagency collaboration as particularly important and productive, with DOE focusing on technical advances that would lower the cost of offshore wind power while the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) worked on best ways to speed up the complex regulatory process for ocean-based projects.CutGary NortonGary Norton, Sr. Renewable Energy Technologies Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Wind Energy Technologies Office/Water Power

Alla Weinstein, CEO, Castle Wind, a joint venture with EnBW North America.

Offshore Wind: California's New Gold Rush

wind energy areas, from Crescent City, in the north, near Oregon, to Port Hueneme, just north of LA.CA’s offshore process started in earnest three years ago when a wind energy company then called Trident Wind – now Castle Wind – submitted an unsolicited request to BOEM (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) to lease a site in the Pacific near Morro Bay (about half-way between LA and San Francisco).Castle’s filing started a federal-state effort to determine best ways to move forward.  Officials from the California Energy Commission teamed up with BOEM to form the California

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