Massachusetts Activities

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On October 17, 2018, the Secretary of the Interior announced that the Department would hold an auction for nearly 390,000 acres offshore Massachusetts on December 13, 2018.

The three lease areas being auctioned are located 19.8 nautical miles from Martha’s Vineyard, 16.7 nautical miles from Nantucket, and 44.5 nautical miles from Block Island. If fully developed, the areas being offered could support approximately 4.1 gigawatts of commercial wind generation, enough electricity to power nearly 1.5 million homes.

Updates on the lease sale will be provided at regularly scheduled intervals starting at 9:30 a.m. on December 13, 2018.


 

Lease OCS-A 0520

Lease OCS-A 0521

Lease OCS-A 0522

Time
(Eastern)

Round

Amount

Live Bids

Round

Amount

Live Bids

Round

Amount

Live Bids

9:20 a.m. 1 $257,622 6 1 $254,776 1 1 $264,740 4
9:40 a.m. 2 $757,000 4 2 $254,776 3 2 $764,000 4
10:00 a.m. 3 $1,250,000 5 3 $1,250,000 1 3 $1,250,000 5
10:20 a.m. 4 $2,000,000 4 4 $1,250,000 2 4 $2,000,000 5
10:40 a.m. 5 $3,000,000 5 5 $2,000,000 2 5 $3,000,000 4
11:00 a.m. 6 $5,000,000 3 6 $4,000,000 1 6 $5,000,000 6
11:20 a.m. 7 $7,000,000 3 7 $4,000,000 3 7 $7,000,000 4
11:40 a.m. 8 $9,000,000 5 8 $6,000,000 1 8 $9,000,000 4
1:00 p.m. 9 $12,000,000 3 9 $6,000,000 4 9 $12,000,000 3
1:20 p.m. 10 $15,000,000 3 10 $10,000,000 5 10 $15,000,000 2
1:40 p.m. 11 $20,000,000 3 11 $16,000,000 1 11 $20,000,000 3
2:00 p.m. 12 $25,000,000 3 12 $16,000,000 3 12 $25,000,000 1
2:20 p.m. 13 $30,000,000 2 13 $22,000,000 1 13 $25,000,000 3
2:40 p.m. 14 $35,000,000 2 14 $22,000,000 2 14 $32,000,000 2
3:00 p.m. 15 $40,000,000 3 15 $30,000,000 1 15 $38,000,000 2
3:20 p.m. 16 $47,000,000 2 16 $30,000,000 3 16 $45,000,000 1
3:40 p.m. 17 $55,000,000 2 17 $40,000,000 2 17 $45,000,000 2
4:00 p.m. 18 $65,000,000 2 18 $50,000,000 3 18 $55,000,000 1
4:20 p.m. 19 $78,000,000 2 19 $63,000,000 1 19 $55,000,000 2
4:40 p.m. 20 $93,000,000 1 20 $63,000,000 2 20 $73,000,000 1
5:00 p.m. 21 $93,000,000 1 21 $80,000,000 1 21 $73,000,000 2
5:20 p.m. 22 $93,000,000 1 22 $80,000,000 2 22 $89,000,000 1
5:40 p.m. 23 $93,000,000 1 23 $91,000,000 1 23 $89,000,000 2
6:00 p.m. 24 $93,000,000 2 24 $91,000,000 2 24 $101,000,000 0


Hi everyone, thank you for tuning in to today's auction. We will be resuming the auction tomorrow morning (December 14) at 9:00 a.m. ET.

 




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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