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Governor Cuomo Executes the Nation's Largest Offshore Wind Agreement and Signs Historic Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. View Full Announcement

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July 18, 2019 Governor Cuomo Executes the Nation's Largest Offshore Wind Agreement and Signs Historic Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by former Vice President Al Gore, executed the nation's largest offshore wind agreement and the single largest renewable energy procurement by any state in U.S. history - nearly 1,700 megawatts -with the selection of two offshore wind projects. The two projects are the Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind development projects of Equinor US Holdings, Inc. and Bay State Wind LLC, a joint venture of Ørsted A/S and Eversource Energy, respectively. Combined, both projects will total 1,700 megawatts.

July 8, 2019 Ørsted and EEW Plan Monopile Factory in New Jersey
Ørsted has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EEW to work towards establishing a monopile fabrication facility in Paulsboro, New Jersey, for the Ocean Wind project.

July 1, 2019 Connecticut DEEP issues Draft Request for Proposals and Opportunity for Public Comment for Offshore Wind Procurement
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on July 1 issued a draft request for proposals (RFP) to procure up to 2 GW of offshore wind capacity. For more details see the CT DEEP procurement website.

June 21, 2019 New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Awards Historic 1,100 MW Offshore Wind Solicitation to Ørsted’s Ocean Wind Project
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) unanimously granted the state's first award for offshore wind to Ørsted's Ocean Wind 1,100 MW project, giving the company the opportunity to build 1,100 MW of offshore wind in federal waters.

June 16, 2019 BOEM Announces Next Steps for Proposed New York – New Jersey Wind Energy Transmission Line
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the publication of a 'Request for Competitive Interest' for the development of the New York and New Jersey Wind Energy Transmission Line, an offshore transmission system that would deliver offshore wind energy to the onshore electric grid. The publication marks the next step in BOEM's review and consideration of a potential New York-New Jersey Wind Energy Transmission Line. Comments can be submitted through In the entry entitled "Enter Keyword or ID," enter BOEM-2018-0067, and then click "search." Comments are due by July 19, 2019 11:59 PM ET.

June 13, 2019 South Fork Wind Farm Releases Draft Fisheries Research and Monitoring Plan.
South Forth Wind Farm has released a draft Fisheries Research and Monitoring Plan and is asking state fisheries advisory boards and offshore wind fisheries working groups to review and provide comments. They ask that comments be submitted via email by July 8, 2019 to Melanie Gearon; South Fork Wind Farm; Manager, Permitting and Environmental Affairs at

June 11, 2019 BOEM Announces Renewable Energy Path Forward on the Atlantic
BOEM sought input on the Proposed Path Forward for Future Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf through a Request for Feedback (RFF) that published in the Federal Register on April 6, 2018. Comments and feedback on the proposed path forward can be found on at:

In response to comments, BOEM’s Acting Director announced a “path forward” on offshore wind, which can be found here:

May 28, 2019 The U.S. Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee.
The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee provides advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security on various matters relating to the safe operation of commercial fishing industry vessels. Deadline for applications is July 29, 2019.

May 23, 2019 Massachusetts Announces Second 800MW Offshore Wind Solicitation.
The Massachusetts Electric Distribution companies, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, are issuing an RFP for Long-term Contracts for Offshore Wind Energy Projects pursuant to Section 83C of Chapter 169 of the Acts of 2008, as amended by chapter 188 of the Acts of 2016, An Act to Promote Energy Diversity.

May 21, 2019 Vineyard Wind Launches Search for Acoustic Monitoring Systems to Help Safeguard Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales.
Vineyard Wind announced that it is seeking proposals from universities, technology companies and other innovators for implementation of advanced Passive Acoustic Monitoring Systems (PAMS) to be deployed alongside transit routes to the offshore wind area located off the coast of Massachusetts.

May 16, 2019 Connecticut passes bill to procure 2 GW of offshore wind.
The Connecticut House of Representatives has passed a bill that may bring up to 2 GW of offshore wind capacity to the state. House Bill 7156 was approved with an overwhelming 134-10 vote and will now be sent to the State Senate. To become law, it first needs to be signed by Governor Ned Lamont.

May 9, 2019 Massachusetts Agency Awards Vineyard Wind Key Permit for Construction of Offshore Wind Farm Interconnection to Regional Grid.
The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) approved petitions filed by Vineyard Wind for construction and operation of electric transmission facilities within the Commonwealth that will deliver 800 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind energy to the regional power grid.

May 3, 2019 New plan for Riverside Galleria site: Wind turbine assembly facility proposed.
After Staten Island elected officials and South Shore residents rejected a plan to build a shopping center on 21-acres of waterfront property that abuts the Arthur Kill, a new proposal has emerged for an offshore wind turbine assembly facility.

May 2, 2019 Connecticut Governor Lamont Announces Major Development Plan That Will Establish New London as a Central Hub of the Offshore Wind Industry.
The Connecticut Port Authority and terminal operator Gateway are partnering with Bay State Wind on a harbor development plan for State Pier in New London that will enable its revitalization and put in place the needed components to establish the region as a central hub in New England for the developing offshore wind industry.

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