Massachusetts Activities

What's New?

On October 17, 2018, the Secretary of the Interior announced that it will hold an auction for nearly 390,000 acres offshore Massachusetts on December 13, 2018. Details were published in a Final Sale Notice appearing in the Federal Register on October 19, 2018.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register on December 7, 2018 for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was developed to determine whether to approve, approve with modifications, or disapprove the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind LLC. The COP describes Vineyard Wind's proposed project which is to construct, operate, and decommission an approximately 800-megawatt (MW) wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts.

The publication of the NOA will open a 45-day public comment period which would close on January 22, 2019. During this time, BOEM will conduct five public meetings and accept comments. The input received via this process will be used to inform preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

Public meetings will be held during the comment period at the following locations:


New Bedford, Massachusetts
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
New Bedford Whaling Museum,
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740
Open House 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A 6:00 p.m.

Narragansett, Rhode Island
Wednesday: January 9, 2019
Narragansett Town Hall, 25 5th Avenue
Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882
Open House 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A 6:00 p.m

Hyannis, Massachusetts
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Double Tree Hotel, Cape Cod Room
287 Iyannough Road
Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601
Open House 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A 6:00 p.m.

Nantucket, Massachusetts 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India Street
Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554
Open House 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A 6:00 p.m.

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center
130 Center Street
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts 02568
Open House 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A 6:00 p.m.

 

RI MA Lease Areas Map 2018
Map: Offshore Wind Project Areas

 

 

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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