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What’s New?

On April 6, 2018, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the proposed lease sale for two additional areas offshore Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing. 

BOEM invites you to attend a public seminar regarding the proposed lease sale.  The seminar will be both in-person in BOEM’s Sterling, Virginia office as well as via webinar. The seminar will describe the auction format, explain the auction rules, and demonstrate the auction process through meaningful examples. 

Meeting Details: 
Massachusetts Proposed Sale Notice Public Seminar
April 26, 2018
BOEM's Sterling Office
45600 Woodland Rd, Sterling, VA 20166
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Webinar Web Address

Agenda

Please plan to arrive at the meeting or log into the webinar 10-15 minutes early to register and/or test your connection. All in-person attendees must bring a valid photo ID for gaining access to the building.

Note for those attending in person:  Foreign nationals must register no later than COB April 20, 2018. Please submit your interest to Jeff Browning and include the following details - name, organization, date of birth, and country of citizenship. This requirement does not apply to U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who are legal permanent residents and/or have dual citizenship.

On March 30, 2018, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced its Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind LLC (Vineyard Wind) that would allow it to construct and operate an 800 megawatt (MW) wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts.

For more information about the Vineyard Wind Project, please see: https://www.boem.gov/Vineyard-Wind/

Overview

There are several renewable energy efforts underway offshore Massachusetts. For more information about these projects, click on the links below.

Environmental Studies

BOEM has funded or considered numerous studies to collect information about the marine environment to support decisions concerning offshore renewable energy development. For more information, please visit: http://www.boem.gov/Massachusetts-Environmental-Studies.

Public Engagement

BOEM coordinates Outer Continental Shelf renewable energy activities offshore Massachusetts 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.

Visual Simulations 

In response to stakeholder interest regarding visual impacts from potential future renewable energy development within the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Wind Energy Areas, BOEM undertook a project to develop daytime and nighttime photomontages and 24 hour day-through-night videos to simulate what turbines might look like if these six lease areas were fully developed.

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