History of Maryland Offshore Wind

BizMDOSW met with BOEM on August 29th

Network members met with Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management officials to hear firsthand about the leasing process and to discuss Maryland’s Wind Energy Area and financing resources for studies and survey work off the coast of Maryland. If you are interested in the results of this meeting, please contact Liz at Liz@bizmdosw.org.

Maryland Final Sale Notice: Overview

A presentation given to BizMDOSW members by BOEM’s Erin Trager on July 10, 2014.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning meeting: May 20-21, 2014 in Baltimore

Proposed Notice of Sale

BOEM published a Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) in the Federal Register on Dec.18, 2013, which describes proposed terms and conditions for a lease sale for two commercial wind energy leases in the Maryland Wind Energy Area (WEA). A public seminar regarding this PSN was held in Baltimore on January 24, 2014. The 60-day public comment period for the PSN ended on Feb.18, 2014. In response, BOEM received 19 comment submissions and seven additional qualifications packages from companies wishing to participate in the auction. Public comments received are available by clicking here.

Correspondence Referenced in The PSN:

To read a copy of BizMDOSW’s comments filed with BOEM in response to request for comments in Docket BOEM-2013-0002, please click here. To read the original letter to BOEM, please click here.

BOEM coordinates Outer Continental Shelf renewable energy activities offshore Maryland with its federal, state, local, and tribal government partners through its Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force. BOEM also coordinates public information meetings to help keep interested stakeholders updated on major renewable energy milestones. To obtain information discussed during these meetings click on the links below

Overview

The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act requires BOEM to award leases competitively, unless BOEM determines there is no competitive interest. In November 2010, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) initiated the leasing process offshore Maryland by issuing a Request for Interest (RFI) to gauge industry’s interest in obtaining commercial wind leases in an area offshore of Maryland. Materials relating to the RFI are provided below.

Call for Information and Nominations

In Feb. 2012, BOEM published a Call for Information and Nominations (“Call”) to solicit lease nominations and request public comments about site conditions, resources and other existing uses of the identified area that would be relevant to BOEM’s potential leasing and development authorization process. Materials relating to the Call are below.

BOEM identified the “Call Area” in consultation with its intergovernmental Maryland Renewable Energy Task Force, which includes federal, state, local and tribal government representatives.

Environmental Review

On Feb. 3, 2012, BOEM also published in the Federal Register a Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for commercial wind lease issuance and site assessment activities on the Atlantic OCS offshore New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Consultations ran concurrently with preparation of the EA and included consultations under the Endangered Species Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act. In June 2012, BOEM published a Finding of No Historic Properties Affected for the Issuance of Commercial Leases within the Maryland Wind Energy Area.

Renewable Energy Research Ongoing Studies

windoffshoreSocial, Economic and Cultural Resources: Studies to identify human use and space-use conflicts in coastal and offshore waters, as well as on the OCS, between renewable energy development, current users of ocean waters, and potential new uses of the OCS, and to identify ways to mitigate those conflicts.

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