2019 Gulf of Maine Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force Meeting

Background and Purpose

In January of 2019, Governor Christopher Sununu of the State of New Hampshire requested the establishment of an intergovernmental offshore wind renewable energy Task Force for the state. Given the regional nature of offshore wind energy development, BOEM decided to establish a Gulf of Maine Task Force, which is composed of federal officials and elected Tribal, state, and local officials from Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

The BOEM Gulf of Maine Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force is chartered to facilitate coordination and consultation related to renewable energy planning activities on the OCS in the Gulf of Maine. The purpose of this task force meeting is to:

  • Facilitate coordination among federal, state, local, and tribal governments regarding the wind energy leasing process on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Maine;
  • Share information about existing Gulf of Maine activities and marine conditions; and
  • Provide updates on regional offshore wind goals and developer activities.

Date and Venue

December 12, 2019
University of New Hampshire (UNH)
Memorial Union Building: Strafford Room
83 Main Street, Durham, New Hampshire 03824
Directions to UNH Durham campus

Meeting Materials

  • Gulf of Maine Task Force Roster
    • As a reminder, the Gulf of Maine Renewable Energy Task Force is an intergovernmental group.  Task Force members include Federal officials and elected state, local, and tribal officials, and/or designated member representatives. 
    • If you have any questions about the Task Force roster, please contact Meredith Lilley at meredith.lilley@boem.gov or 703-787-1037.

Task Force Meeting Presentations, Public Input, and Discussion Sessions

State and Federal Presentations




Welcome and Opening Remarks

James Bennett, Chief, Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)  

The Honorable Chris Sununu, Governor of New Hampshire


Introductions and Agenda Review

Pat Field, Facilitator, Consensus Building Institute (CBI)

BOEM Offshore Renewable Energy Program Overview

James Bennett, Chief, OREP, BOEM

Task Forces and the Gulf of Maine Task Force Charter

Luke Feinberg, Energy Program Specialist, OREP, BOEM

BOEM Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing Process Overview

Meredith Lilley, Energy Program Specialist, OREP, BOEM

New Hampshire Offshore Wind Energy Overview and Outlook

Matthew Mailloux, Energy Advisor, Office of Strategic Initiatives, New Hampshire Governor’s Office

Maine Offshore Wind Energy Overview and Outlook

Dan Burgess, Director, Maine Governor’s Energy Office

Massachusetts Offshore Wind Overview and Outlook

Patrick Woodcock, Undersecretary of Energy, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Public Input Opportunity

Interested individuals provided input on the Task Force discussion topics.  Each individual’s time was limited to 2-3 minutes, with priority given to those unable to participate in the afternoon roundtable discussion.  A sign-up list and guidelines were provided at the meeting registration table.

Offshore Wind Jurisdictional Authorities: Who is Who and What Do They Do?




BOEM’s Offshore Renewable Energy Engagement with Department of Defense

David MacDuffee, Chief, Projects and Coordination Branch, OREP, BOEM

Coast Guard Roles and Responsibilities, and Activities in the Gulf of Maine

Michele DesAutels, Marine Information Specialist, Maritime Energy and Marine Planning Branch, First Coast Guard District, U.S. Coast Guard

NMFS Roles and Responsibilities for Offshore Wind

Susan Tuxbury, Fishery Biologist, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, Habitat Conservation Division, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Coastal Zone Management Act Review of Offshore Renewable Energy Projects

David Kaiser, Senior Policy Analyst, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, NOAA

Gulf of Maine Information Resources and Ocean Users




Collaboration and Decision Making with Ocean Mapping and Reporting Tools

Christine Taylor, Lead Physical Scientist, Geospatial Services Division, BOEM

Northeast Regional Ocean Council Northeast Ocean Data Portal

Nick Napoli, Ocean Planning Director, Northeast Regional Ocean Council

Fisheries Management in the Gulf of Maine

Tom Nies, Executive Director, New England Fisheries Management Council

Responsible Offshore Development Alliance Preliminary Fisheries Perspectives

Annie Hawkins, Executive Director, Responsible Offshore Development Alliance

Overview of Offshore Wind Research Supported by the DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office

Dan Beals, Program Analyst II, DOE/Allegheny Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

BOEM Environmental Studies Program: Overview and Opportunity to Participate

Mary Boatman, Science Coordinator, OREP, BOEM

Next Steps and Discussions




Next Steps in the Renewable Energy Leasing Process

Meredith Lilley, Energy Program Specialist, OREP, BOEM

Facilitated Task Force Discussion

Pat Field, Facilitator, CBI

Overview of Action Items, and Closing Remarks

Pat Field, Facilitator, CBI
James Bennett, Chief, OREP, BOEM

Informal Stakeholder Discussion