Offshore Wind Updates March 2021
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Vineyard Wind 1 Project, which is available here.
The next stage in the federal permitting process will be the Record of Decision which will include BOEM’s determination regarding approval of the project, including mitigation and monitoring considerations. Vineyard Wind can begin construction if approval is granted through the Record of Decision.
Wind Developer Outreach to Fishermen:
Offshore survey work: Many offshore wind project developers are undertaking geophysical survey work during the spring and summer of 2021. Developers provide regularly updated notices to mariners with details on the timing and location of survey work in an attempt to minimize conflicts with fishermen and other ocean users. These notices are available here.
EnBW North America, an offshore wind energy developer which does not currently hold a lease in this region but has expressed an interest in future leases in the New York Bight, is soliciting information from fishermen to help them better engage with the fishing community. A survey for fishermen is available here. More information for fishermen is available here.
Vineyard Wind is seeking input from vessel owners regarding opportunities to hire local vessels to work on offshore wind projects in the future. Interested vessel owners can take a survey which is available here.
Fisheries liaisons for some offshore wind projects are beginning to resume limited face-to-face meetings with fishermen. All fisheries liaisons are available to talk with fishermen via phone or email. Contact information for all fisheries liaisons is listed here.
Ørsted will host virtual outreach meetings with fishermen every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm until they are able to resume face-to-face outreach. More information is available here. Ørsted owns or is a partner in leases for multiple offshore wind projects in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England.
Vineyard Wind continues to periodically offer free COVID-19 tests for fishermen at the Port of New Bedford. Information on dates and times can be found on the Vineyard Wind website.
The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) will host a webinar on April 7, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT titled Offshore Wind Technologies 101. More information is available here.
The Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean (MACO) will convene the third annual Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum in virtual format on May 3-6, 2021. The forum will include a session on offshore wind energy development. More information is available here.
Updated notices to mariners regarding offshore wind projects off Massachusetts through North Carolina have been posted here.
For information on specific offshore wind projects, please see the individual developer webpages linked at: http://www.mafmc.org/northeast-offshore-wind.