On Jan. 29, 2015, BOEM held a competitive lease sale (i.e., auction) for the Wind Energy Area offshore Massachusetts. The auction lasted two rounds. RES America Developments, Inc. was identified as the winner of Lease OCS-A 0500 (187,523 acres) and Offshore MW LLC was identified as the winner of Lease Area OCS-A 0501 (166,886 acres). The commercial wind energy leases were signed by BOEM on March 23, 2015, and went into effect on April 1, 2015.
On May 14, 2015, BOEM executed an amendment to commercial lease OCS-A 0500 to correct Addendum "A" of the lease and update Section 20 of the lease.
On May 27, 2015, BOEM received an application to assign 100% of commercial lease OCS-A 0500 to DONG Energy Massachusetts (U.S.) LLC. BOEM approved the assignment on June 12, 2015. Note: DONG Energy has since renamed its American subsidiary as Bay State Wind LLC.
On June 29, 2017, BOEM approved the Site Assessment Plan (SAP) for Lease OCS-A 0500 (Bay State Wind). The SAP approval allows for the installation of two floating light and detection ranging buoys (FLIDARs) and one metocean/current buoy. For additional information, please find the approved SAP below:
Bay State Wind requested a 1-year extension for submitting it's SAP, which BOEM approved. The SAP was filed in December 2016, with revisions filed in March and April 2017. BOEM determined the SAP was complete on May 1, 2017.