ENVIRONMENTAL & INDUSTRY LEADERS WORKING TOGETHER TO GROW RENEWABLE ENERGY.

The opportunity is enormous. By utilizing sites located on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), the Department of Energy estimates offshore wind’s technical potential at over 2,000 gigawatts (GW) (or double the amount of all existing U.S. electricity), 86 GW of which could be developed by 2050.

Atlantic coastal states see the economic and environmental opportunities afforded by offshore wind and have collectively issued procurement targets for 29 GW of offshore wind. In response, experienced developers are ready to invest in the jobs, technology and resources needed to make offshore wind a reality.

HOW TO HELP

ENVIRONMENTAL & INDUSTRY LEADERS WORKING TOGETHER TO GROW RENEWABLE ENERGY.

HOW TO HELP

The opportunity is enormous. By utilizing sites located on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), the Department of Energy estimates offshore wind’s technical potential at over 2,000 gigawatts (GW) (or double the amount of all existing U.S. electricity), 86 GW of which could be developed by 2050.

Atlantic coastal states see the economic and environmental opportunities afforded by offshore wind and have collectively issued procurement targets for 29 GW of offshore wind. In response, experienced developers are ready to invest in the jobs, technology and resources needed to make offshore wind a reality.

A CRITICAL MOMENT FOR OFFSHORE WIND

Offshore wind generation is ready to bring jobs, investment and climate-friendly power to the United States. The technology has been tested and proven in Europe where it coexists with marine wildlife and other ocean industries. RENEW Northeast and our board of environmental and industry leaders believe that adopting responsibly developed offshore wind is critical to meeting our nation’s climate and economic challenges.

We recognize and agree that all large electric generation projects must go through robust permitting, environmental and public review processes. Offshore wind is no different. For nearly a decade, regional and federal regulators have been engaged in extensive data collection, stakeholder input and site analysis. Our members have been actively involved in this process and in finding solutions that balance competing interests.

We are now at a critical juncture. Since 2012, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the federal agency charged with granting leases, permits, and rights of way for offshore renewable energy, has awarded 15 leases on over 1.7 million acres on the OCS to offshore wind developers seeking to build 21 GW of power. However, none can be built without BOEM’s permission.

Until July 27th, BOEM is actively seeking public feedback on issues that will likely determine the future viability of offshore wind. Help us help responsibly developed offshore wind be part of our economic and climate solution for the northeast by participating in the public comment process.

ANTICIPATED BENEFITS OF OFFSHORE WIND ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST BY 2030:

$25 billion in annual economic output
$57 billion direct investement
83,000 well-paying jobs by 2030
Cost competitive power for retail customers
Climate-friendly power that will help states meet clean energy goals
Development of new supply chain and support businesses

SOURCE: U.S. Offshore Wind Power Economic Impact Assessment, AWEA, March 2020

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Why: BOEM recently released, for public comment, its Supplemental Environmental Impact Study for the Vineyard Wind project, a 800-MW project to be located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. It is widely believed that the BOEM decision on this project will be applied to future offshore projects.

The Issue: The major outstanding issue being reviewed has to do with navigational channels. Fishing interests are understandably concerned about offshore wind’s impact on their business, particularly navigational access.

  • In response, in late 2019, all companies holding offshore wind leases in the New England Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) collectively proposed that all project designs would incorporate a uniform 1 x 1 Nautical Mile (NM) layout. The proposal creates 200 transit lanes in all directions.
  • The uniform 1 x 1 Nautical Mile layout exceeds navigational spacing of any existing offshore wind project in the world.
  • The United States Coast Guard (USCG), informed through a robust public input process, determined that this type of “standard and uniform grid pattern” layout would “maximize safe navigation”.
  • As part of the permitting process, BOEM is considering additional transit lanes of at least 4 NM (reflected in Alternative F of the SEIS). If adopted, this increased spacing will significantly reduce the amount of wind power that
    can be built, while causing substantial technical challenges, delays, cost increases to consumers, and environmental impacts, with marginal gains. The 1 x 1 proposal eliminates 30% of the lease area potential for energy production; further reduction would limit the ability of offshore wind resources to meet state needs.
We can not wait for offshore wind. Our climate demands it. Our economy needs it. Vineyard Wind has worked with environmental groups to find solutions that can allow for a thriving marine environment for fishing, recreation and renewable power generation.

Join us in telling BOEM that:

1. Offshore Wind holds many benefits for our region

2: Increasing navigational lanes beyond the 1×1 NM endorsed by USCG
threatens offshore wind’s future (no to Alternative F)

3: The climate and our economy can not afford for Offshore Wind to
be delayed.

HOW TO COMMENT BY THE JULY 27TH DEADLINE

Online:

Use the Federal eRulemaking Portal
www.Regulations.gov
ID: BOEM-2020-0005-001:

Send by Mail to:

Vineyard Wind 1
COP EIS. Program Manager,
Office of Renewable Energy.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,
45600 Woodland Road (VAM-OREP),
Sterling, Virginia 20166

Speak at the Virtual Public Meeting:

Visit BOEM’s website to register now.

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