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The New York Energy Research and Development Authority is hosting the State of the Science Workshop on Offshore Wind Energy. The State of the Science Workshop 2020 Cumulative Impacts to Wildlife will be in Rye Brook, NY on May 5-6, 2020. The workshop will identify key studies that could be conducted in the near future and will assess the knowledge of offshore wind development’s cumulative impacts on ecosystems and populations. Registration and additional information about the two-day workshop can be found here.

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February 13, 2020 BOEM releases Vineyard Wind project schedule
BOEM announced a revised schedule for the Vineyard Wind project. The Final EIS will now be November 13, 2020, and the Record of Decision will be on December 18, 2020.

February 11, 2020 Trump increases BOEM offshore wind budget
The 2021 budget of $189 million allocates $26.5 million to advance offshore wind development. BOEM’s leasing program will use the budget to continue offshore wind advocacy, while streamlining its review processes under NEPA.

January 30, 2020 First offshore wind energy project in federal waters to start May 2020
The Port of Virginia announced a lease agreement with Ørsted, a wind developer, for to make 40 acres available for vessels, materials for offshore wind construction, and turbine components beginning in May of 2020.

January 29, 2020 Massachusetts and Rhode Island Port Access Route Study: Notice of availability and request for comment
The draft Offshore Massachusetts and Rhode Island Port Access Route Study, by the First Coast Guard District in Boston and published in the Federal Register, is now available for comments. The aim of the study, conducted between March 26 – December 15, 2019, was to examine existing waterways and shipping route uses to enhance navigational safety of the area.

January 28, 2020 PETITION REGARDING OFFSHORE WIND PROCUREMENT Authorization for 2020 Procurement
NYSERDA filed a petition to initiate a regulatory proceeding seeking Commission authorization to issue a 2020 offshore wind solicitation. The petition addresses Governor Cuomo’s announcement in his 2020 State of the State Address, that in 2020, NYSERDA should issue its second solicitation for offshore wind facilities to yield at least an additional 1,000 megawatts of clean power.

January 28, 2020 NYSERDA's Petition to Procure At Least Another 1,000 MWs of Offshore Wind
NYSERDA filed a petition with the New York Public Service Commission to procure at least 1,000 MWs of offshore wind energy. The Commission could decide to authorize an even greater capacity depending upon several market variables.

January 27, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy, of New Jersey, released the state's Energy Master Plan. Within the Energy Plan is a proposal to develop 7,500 MW of offshore wind energy generation by 2035. The entire Energy Plan can be viewed here.

January 23, 2020 Offshore Wind Public Participation Guide
The Special Initiative on Offshore Wind and the American Wind Energy Association partnered to publish the new Offshore Wind Public Participation Guide. Which will help the public engage and share opinions in the existing federal feedback process for offshore wind development. The guide highlights opportunities for public participation in BOEM's regulatory process.

January 23, 2020 New guide spotlights public input opportunities during US offshore wind development
The American Wind Energy Association and the University of Delaware developed a new guide that identifies opportunities for interested parties and public stakeholders to be heard.

January 21, 2020 Offshore wind spearheading oil industry lower-carbon shift: DNV GL
According to research from DNV GL, multiple oil & gas companies are planning to invest in renewable energy projects this year. Offshore wind is expected to spearhead the renewable energy campaign.

January 16, 2020 Offshore Wind Subsea Cable: Insights from the Experts
Significant improvements have been made in subsea cable technology over the past ten years. About 80 percent of all offshore wind insurance claims involve the cables, making it a risky area for offshore wind farms.

January 9, 2020 New York to Seek at Least 1GW of New Offshore Wind Capacity in 2020
The second solicitation for at least 1GW of offshore wind capacity in 2020 is being issued by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

January 8, 2020 Siemens-Gamesa Bags Deal for Mammoth 2.64-GW Virginia Offshore Wind Project
The world’s largest single offshore wind project proposed to date, Dominion Energy’s proposed 2.64-GW Virginia Offshore Wind project, will likely feature Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) supplied turbines.

January 7, 2020 Cuomo: Create LI institute to train wind farm workers
New York will create a training institute on Long Island for prospective employees of planned offshore wind farms. The state will spend $20 million on the offshore wind training institute, which will be housed at Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College.

December 19, 2019 NYSERDA Announces $5.5 Million Available for Pre-Development Data Collection to Support Environmentally Responsible and Cost-Effective Offshore Wind Energy Growth in New York
NYSERDA is making available up to $5.5 million to support the collection of geotechnical and geophysical data from areas off New York’s coast that hold offshore wind development potential.

December 12, 2019 States express support for offshore wind in Gulf of Maine
Leaders in states around the Gulf of Maine express support for offshore wind. This sets the region up to become the next battleground over the resource as objections are voiced from the area’s influential fishing industry.

December 12, 2019 Virginia to Set Up Offshore Wind Office, Invest in Portsmouth Marine Terminal
Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia has proposed a budget that creates Virginia’s first Office of Offshore Wind.

December 5, 2019 Vineyard Wind Selected to Deliver 804 MW of Clean Offshore Wind Power to Connecticut Electricity Customers
Vineyard Wind’s proposed 804 megawatt (MW) Park City Project was selected for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s 2019 solicitation for offshore wind facilities.

December 3, 2019 Governor issues executive order to explore future offshore wind development
Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire signed an executive order to establish four advisory boards to prepare the state for offshore wind development.

December 3, 2019 Nexans Steps into North American Offshore Wind Supply Chain
Nexans has initiated a framework agreement with Ørsted and Eversource to provide up to 1,000 km of subsea cables.

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