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Offshore Wind Energy in New England Takes Significant Step Forward

On July 2, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced its Environmental Assessment (EA) for offshore commercial wind leases on the Outer Continental Shelf of Rhode Island and Massachusetts had been finalized (press release; federal register; full EA).  

The EA, which is a step required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), considered a number of issues, including seasonal vessel restrictions and speed limits, telecommunications cables, potential impacts to endangered North Atlantic right whales, and costal scenery, while excluding high-value fishing grounds.  The EA spans the Wind Energy Area, a zone roughly 164,750 acres in size (map). 

BOEM director Tommy Beaudreau said, “The EA is the first of its kind in the Northeast and is based on thorough scientific and technical analysis.”  Both public and private stakeholders provided input for the Assessment through the Smart from the Start initiative.   Launched by the Obama Administration in 2010, the initiative sought to facilitate siting, leasing and construction on the most suitable locations for commercial wind development.

BOEM will next consider public comments on the EA through August 2 (submit comments), and will hold public information sessions in Narragansett, R.I., on July 16 and in New Bedford, Mass., on July 17 (more details).  The comments and input received by BOEM will be used in determining whether the requirements of NEPA have been satisfied or to continue analysis under the Act.