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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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Archived Announcements


December 20, 2018
On December 20, 2018, NYSERDA announced the five major developers who submitted notices of intent to propose for ORECRFP18-1.
ORECRFP18-1 is New York State’s first large-scale offshore wind solicitation to competitively procure 800 MW or more of offshore wind renewable energy certificates (ORECs). The five developers that intend to propose include Atlantic Shore Offshore Wind, Bay State Wind, Equinor Wind, Mayflower Wind Energy, and Vineyard Wind.

December 20, 2018
Connecticut Regulators Approve Power-Purchase Agreement for Revolution Wind.
Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority approved Orsted’s 20-year power-purchase agreement with Eversource and United Illuminating for the 200 MW Revolution Wind project.

December 19, 2018
EDF Renewables and Shell Announce Joint Venture.
EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US LLC announced that they have formed Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC, a 50/50 joint venture to develop the OCS-0499 lease area offshore New Jersey.

December 18, 2018
NOAA Grants Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) Additional Jurisdiction for Offshore Wind Energy Projects.
In September 2018, CRMC requested that NOAA expand the Geographic Location Description (GLD) boundaries as established in CRMC’s Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP). NOAA granted CRMC’s request for additional federal consistency oversight regarding offshore wind development projects in December 2018.

December 17, 2018
Final Environmental Impact Report Submitted to Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Vineyard Wind submitted a Final Environmental Impact Report to the Massachusetts Executive Offshore of Energy and Environmental Affairs as part of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) review process. Public comments are being accepted until January 25, 2019.

December 15, 2018
Massachusetts action for offshore wind leases has concluded.
BOEM announced the results of the Atlantic Wind Lease Sale for three lease areas on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Massachusetts. Equinor Wind, Vineyard Wind, and Mayflower Wind Energy were the successful bidders in the auction.

December 13, 2018
NYSERDA has posted responses to written questions regarding the request for proposals (RFP), ORECRFP18-1, for offshore wind energy.
Bids are due on February 14, 2019 and awards are expected in Spring 2019.

December 7, 2018
Vineyard Wind Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) released for public comment.
BOEM has published a Notice of Availability for the DEIS for the Vineyard with Construction and Operations Plan (COP). The 45-day public comment period closes on January 22, 2019. Public meetings will be held throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island in January 2019.

December 3, 2018
Deepwater Wind requests comments on SFWF Draft Demersal Fisheries Resources Survey Protocol
Deepwater Wind has released their SFWF Draft Demersal Fisheries Resources Survey Protocol for review. Please email any comments to Melanie Gearon at Deepwater by December 14, 2018. Full details are in the document linked above.

November 14, 2018
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released draft Wind Energy Areas for the New York Bight.

November 8, 2018
NYSERDA has launched its first request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind energy to help accelerate progress toward New York State’s goal of developing 2,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind energy by 2030.
Through this 2018 solicitation, ORECRFP18-1, NYSERDA seeks to procure 800 MW or more of offshore wind renewable energy certificates (ORECs) as authorized by the New York State Public Service Commission’s Order establishing the Offshore Wind Standard.

September 20, 2018
NYSERDA has issued a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Purchase of Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificates.
NYSERDA has issued a draft RFP that is available for comment from offshore wind developers and other stakeholders interested in the upcoming solicitation. Comments will help to inform and refine the final RFP to be issued in the fourth quarter of 2018.

July 20, 2018
NYSERDA is seeking feedback on its procurements for offshore wind energy through the Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits Request for Information (RFI OSW-2018).
NYSERDA is seeking to gather input from offshore wind developers and other interested stakeholders to help develop a Request for Proposals (RFP) in 2018 for the competitive solicitation of proposals to enter into cost-effective long-term contracts for offshore wind renewable energy credits.

July 1, 2018
Responsible Offshore Development Alliance Forms to Coordinate Fishing Industry Action on Wind Power
With offshore renewable and wind energy development becoming increasingly common on the East Coast, a new alliance has formed to ensure that these developments are compatible with the existing interests of the nation’s fishing communities. The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) brings together a broad range of commercial fishermen from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to advocate for their shared concerns over emerging offshore developments.