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Layer: BOEM Wind Planning Areas (ID: 16)

Name: BOEM Wind Planning Areas

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Description: This data set represents the most recent changes for the Wind Development Planning Areas in the Atlantic. Wind Planning Areas in this dataset represent up to six different types of announcements within the US Federal Register (FR) that can be used to show the current status of an area that is being considered for wind power development. Additionally, unsolicited proposed lease areas that have not yet began the leasing process are also included. Individual projects are listed by state below. Previous Wind Planning Areas that are now designated as leases can be found in the BOEM Lease Areas feature class.MassachusettsOn Jan. 29, 2015, BOEM held a competitive lease sale (i.e., auction) for the Wind Energy Area offshore Massachusetts. Two leasing areas in the northwest section of the original WEA (Lease Area OCS-A 0500 - 187,523 acres and OCS-A 0501 - 166,886 acres) were auctioned to the winning bidders of RES America Developments, Inc. and Offshore MW LLC. Those areas are now included in the BOEM Lease Areas shapefile. The remaining Wind Energy Area to the southeast of the leasing areas (previously proposed lease areas OCS-A 0502, OCS-A 503) is located off the coast of Massachusetts beginning approximately 20 nmi south of Martha's Vineyard and 17 nautical miles southwest of Nantucket. A Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Massachusetts will be published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2018, and will include a 60-day public comment period. The PSN requests public comments on BOEM's proposal to auction two lease areas offshore Massachusetts for potential commercial wind energy development. Lease OCS-A 0502 consists of 248,015 acres and Lease OCS-A 0503 consists of 140,554 acres.Federal Register Notices:12/29/2010 – Request for Interest(RFI)02/06/2012 – Call for Information02/06/2012 - Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment05/30/2012 – Wind Energy Area(WEA)11/02/2012 – Environmental Assessment(EA)06/17/2014 - Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) 11/26/2014 - Final Sale Notice 01/29/2015 - Offshore Wind Auction results04/11/2018 - Proposed Sale Notice (PSN)For more information: Massachusetts State Activities Home PageNew YorkOn December 30, 2016, PNE Wind USA, Inc. submitted an unsolicited lease request for 40,920 acres offshore New York. If BOEM decides to move forward with this application, the next step will be to issue a public notice to determine whether there is competitive interest in bidding for the area. In April 2018 DOI issued a Call for Information and Nominations for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf in the New York Bight. The Call Areas are located on the OCS in the New York Bight and are delineated as Fairways North, Fairways South, Hudson North, and Hudson South. The four Call Areas include 222 whole OCS blocks and 172 partial blocks and consist of approximately 1,735,154 acres.Federal Register Notices:4/2018 - Call for Information and NominationsNorth CarolinaOn Aug. 11, 2014, BOEM announced that it has identified three Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) offshore North Carolina:The Kitty Hawk WEA begins about 24 nautical miles (nm) from shore and extends approximately 25.7 nm in a general southeast direction. Its seaward extent ranges from 13.5 nm in the north to .6 nm in the south. It contains approximately 21.5 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) blocks (122,405 acres). The Wilmington West WEA begins about 10 nm from shore and extends approximately 12.3 nm in an east-west direction at its widest point. It contains just over 9 OCS blocks (approximately 51,595 acres). The Wilmington East WEA begins about 15 nm from Bald Head Island at its closest point and extends approximately 18 nm in the southeast direction at its widest point. It contains approximately 25 OCS blocks (133,590 acres). Federal Register Notices:12/13/2012 – Call for Information12/13/2012 - Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment02/05/2013 – Call for Information (reopening of comment period)08/07/2014 - Area ID09/18/2015 - Environmental Assessment(EA)08/16/2016 - Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) / Request for Interest (RFI)For more information: North Carolina State Activities Home PageSouth CarolinaOn November 23, 2015, BOEM announced it would publish a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) to gauge the offshore wind industry’s interest in acquiring commercial wind leases offshore South Carolina. In addition to the Call, BOEM also announced it would publish in the Federal Register a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA).11/23/2015 - Call for InformationCaliforniaIn January 2016, BOEM received an unsolicited request for a commercial lease from Trident Winds LLC. (Trident Winds). BOEM reviewed the unsolicited lease application and determined in March 2016 that Trident Winds was legally, technically and financially qualified to hold a commercial lease on the Outer Continental Shelf.1/14/2016 - Trident Winds, LLC lease request8/16/2016 - Request for Interest(RFI)For more information: has received a total of three unsolicited wind energy lease requests from two potential developers: two lease requests from AW Hawaii Wind, LLC (AWH), the AWH Oahu Northwest Project and the AWH Oahu South Project; and one from Progression Hawaii Offshore Wind, Inc. (Progression), the Progression South Coast of Oahu Project. Each project proposes an offshore floating wind energy facility with a capacity of approximately 400 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy. The energy generated by the projects would be transmitted to Oahu by undersea cables.AWH Oahu Northwest ProjectAWH Oahu South ProjectProgression South Coast of Oahu ProjectOahu Call Area - In consultation with the Hawaii Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force, BOEM issued a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) to gauge the offshore wind industry's interest in acquiring commercial wind leases in two areas spanning approximately 485,000 acres of submerged lands in federal waters offshore Oahu. 6/24/2016 - Call for Information and NominationsFor more information: Hawaii State Activities Home Page

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Copyright Text: Public information, no credit necessary. Compiler of metadata is Josh Wadlington - Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Additional collaborators are Christine Taylor and Frank Pendleton - Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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