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NYSERDA has released a Program Opportunity Notice (PON) to support independent research to improve the scientific and technical foundation for addressing questions related to the development of offshore wind.
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Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) launched to address needs for collaborative, regional research and monitoring of fisheries and offshore wind.
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April 11, 2019 Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) launched.
ROSA was launched to address needs for collaborative, regional research and monitoring of fisheries and offshore wind. The alliance will bring together representatives of the maritime trades, offshore wind developers, National Marine Fisheries Service and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. To view the ROSA framework click here.

April 5, 2019 Vineyard Wind to Implement UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology Fisheries’ Monitoring Studies.
Vineyard Wind announced that it will implement recommendations from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) to guide the project’s fisheries monitoring studies during construction, as well as to initiate longer-term studies as part of a regional approach to fisheries studies. SMAST’s recommendations were based on its expertise as a leading fisheries research center as well input from active fishermen, government agencies, and academia. The full report for the SMAST outreach used to develop monitoring plans is available here.

March 26, 2019 NOAA, BOEM, Fishing Industry Sign New Memorandum of Understanding.
NOAA Fisheries, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) signed a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding that brings local and regional fishing interests together with federal regulators to collaborate on the science and process of offshore wind energy development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.

February 11, 2019 Amended Agreement to Stay Six Month Review Period between Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council and Vineyard Wind
On February 11, 2019, the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) and Vineyard Wind agreed to an additional amended stay on the six-month review period for Vineyard Wind’s federal consistency certification, which was originally filed on April 6, 2018. The CRMC consistency determination decision date has been further extended to March 1, 2019 to provide Vineyard Wind with additional time to negotiate with the CRMC’s Fishermen’s Advisory Board (FAB).

February 7, 2019 Revolution Wind Contract Filed with State Regulators.
Revolution Wind offshore wind farm filed a contract with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on February 7, 2019. The contract between National Grid and Ørsted US Offshore Wind supports development of a 400 MW wind farm located in federal waters offshore Rhode Island. Depending on the permitting process, construction could begin as early as 2020 with potential operation by 2023. Public materials submitted as part of the proceeding are accessible on the Rhode Island PUC docket.

February 5, 2019 Massachusetts Secretary of Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Certified Final Environmental Impact Report.
The decision finalized the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) review process for Vineyard Wind’s proposed 800 MW offshore wind generation and transmission project. The project will now proceed with state, regional, and local permitting.

January 30, 2019
NYSERDA, NYSDEC, and RODA are seeking information on commercial fishing transit routes in the New York Bight
NYSERDA, NYSDEC, and RODA are gathering feedback related to fishing transit throughout the New York Bight. This information gathering, which includes a review of existing data and a fishermen survey, will culminate in a transit workshop scheduled for March 27, 2018 at Danfords Hotel, Marina, and Spa in Port Jefferson, New York. The goal of the workshop is to present information collected on New York Bight transit routes to participants, to gather feedback, and ultimately develop a Workshop Report that provides a clearer understanding of where transit lanes would provide the greatest value prior to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's delineation of new offshore wind lease areas in the New York Bight. To register for the workshop click here .

January 25, 2019
Amended Agreement to Stay Six Month Review Period between Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council and Vineyard Wind.
On January 25, 2019, the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) and Vineyard Wind agreed to an amended stay on the six-month review period for Vineyard Wind’s federal consistency certification, which was originally filed on April 6, 2018. The CRMC consistency determination decision date has been further extended to February 19, 2019 to provide Vineyard Wind with additional time to negotiate with the CRMC’s Fishermen’s Advisory Board (FAB).

January 22, 2019 Vineyard Wind and Conservation Groups Reached Historic Agreement to Protect Right Whales.
On January 22, 2019 Vineyard Wind and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation, and Conservation Law Foundation entered into an unprecedented agreement to protect North Atlantic right whales. Vineyard Wind has committed to a variety of protective measures to ensure the safety of right whales while installing and operating turbines at its proposed project offshore Massachusetts. Some mitigation and monitoring measures include:

  • turbine construction curtailment in the winter and early spring when right whales may be in the area;
  • monitoring during project construction to detect the presence of whales in the area;
  • reduced construction noise so as not to disturb the whales’ communication and navigation;
  • vessel speed limits; and
  • deployment of innovative technologies to conduct scientific research and further safeguard marine mammals.

January 16, 2019
Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) issues a data request to Deepwater Wind Regarding Federal Consistency Review for South Fork Wind Farm.
Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) issues a data request to Deepwater Wind Regarding Federal Consistency Review for South Fork Wind Farm. CRMC sent notified Deepwater Wind on January 16, 2019 of the Coastal Zone Management Act consistency review status for South Fork Wind Farm. CRMC requested supplemental data and information. Currently, CRMC’s review period is scheduled to end on April 22, 2019.

January 15, 2019
New York Announces 9 GW Offshore Wind Target.
In the 2019 State of the State, Governor Cuomo proposed expanding New York State’s offshore wind target to 9,000 MW by 2035. Governor Cuomo is directing three new actions to progress offshore wind: port infrastructure, workforce development, and transmission infrastructure.

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