US Interior Ministry pushes ahead on three more offshore wind projects

The US Department of the Interior has accelerated efforts to reach the administrations recently proclaimed goal of deploying 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy by 2030 It has announced three more initiatives

It would be proposing a lease sale for wind energy development in the Carolina Long Bay area offshore the Carolinas. It would be initiating an environmental review of Mayflower Wind’s proposal for a commercial wind energy project offshore Massachusetts, and it would be requesting information to further assess commercial interest in wind energy leasing in the Gulf of Mexico.

BOEM is requesting public input on a proposed lease sale in federal waters in the Carolina Long Bay area offshore the Carolinas. BOEM published a Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) in the Federal Register on November 1st, establishing a 60-day comment period.

Mayflower Wind submitted a plan to construct and operate up to 147 wind turbines and up to five offshore power substations approximately 30 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and 23 miles south of Nantucket. The proposed project has the potential to generate over 2 GW of energy, enough to power over 800,000 homes while creating 14,000 jobs over the lifetime of the project.

BOEM published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in the  Federal Register on November 1st which will establish a 30-day public comment period.

Finally, BOEM will publish a Call for Information and Nominations to further assess commercial interest in, and invite public comment on, possible commercial wind energy leasing in a proposed area in the Gulf of Mexico. The publication in the Federal Register on November 1st has established a 45-day period for public comment and submissions indicating interest in commercial leasing.

The Call Area consists of almost 30m acres just west of the Mississippi River to the Texas/Mexican border.