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AWEA Updates

Week of Jan. 13

AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan featured on BBC Radio

On January 3, BBC Radio aired a special segment on the state of wind energy around the world as part of its World Business Report. Tom Kiernan provided a perspective on the current state of U.S. wind energy, the "all of the above" balance with other energy sources, the President’s political miscalculation with wind development in red states, and the opportunity for job growth. The segment was broadcast globally and is available to listen to on the BBC website. Contact Stacey Kerans with questions. 

Maryland to hold hearing on offshore turbine size

The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold a public comment hearing as part of its limited inquiry into impacts related to changes in the turbine sizes originally anticipated for use in the Skipjack and US Wind offshore projects on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 12 Noon at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center (Rooms 215-217), 4001 Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Maryland. AWEA's Andrew Gohn will testify on behalf of AWEA. Members and offshore wind supporters are encouraged to participate.

Massachusetts DOER issues Request for Comment on Offshore Wind Transmission and Notice of  Technical Conference

On January 15, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) issued a request for comment on “Massachusetts Offshore Wind Transmission and Notice of Date for Technical Conference.”  The request is intended to gather data on whether and/or how a solicitation for independent transmission should occur and, if warranted, whether to issue a separate contingent solicitation for independent transmission prior to additional solicitations for up to 1600MW offshore wind as directed by DOER in its May 2019 Offshore Wind Study. A full-day technical conference co-hosted by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (Mass-CEC) and DOER on March 3 will include a discussion on the general costs and benefits of coordinated transmission, as well as the form of a potential independent transmission procurement under current legislative authority.   All interested stakeholders and members of the public are encouraged to provide written comments by February 8 prior to the technical conference. Questions for the stakeholders are included in the notice. Note that all comments will be made publicly available before the conference. More information about the request, conference, and comments can be found here.

New England Fishery Management Council Meeting

The New England Fisheries Management Council will hold a meeting on January 28-30 in Portsmouth, NH. On January 28, there will be two updates on offshore energy projects in the Northeast — one from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the other from the Habitat Committee. Additional details regarding the meeting can be found here and the agenda here. Slides also will be made available following the meeting.

Maine Fishermen's Forum Seminar

On March 5, the Maine Fishermen's Forum will host a one-day seminar on offshore wind energy development in the Gulf of Maine. The agenda will include discussion of: turbine construction, siting, and cabling; federal and state permitting and development requirements, including how fishing concerns are considered in the process; impacts on fisheries and research, and how fishermen and fisheries are working to represent fishermen's interests. Panelists include representatives of federal and state agencies involved in fisheries and wind energy development in the Gulf of Maine, plus several fishing industry members who will share real-life experiences and lessons learned from working with the government and wind energy developers in the mid-Atlantic.

Offshore Wind Focus at AWEA O&M and Safety Conference

The upcoming conference agenda includes sessions specific to offshore wind O&M and safety. Panelists include experts from BOEM, DOL-OSHA, GE Renewable Energy, ├śrsted Wind Power North America & Vineyard Wind. More details will be announced in the coming weeks. Make plans to join us next month in San Deigo! Register here.
 

Week of Jan. 6

AWEA's statement on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Review Process

The American Wind Energy Association issued the following statement on changes to the National Environmental Policy Act announced today by the White House. "The American Wind Energy Association supports improving the National Environmental Policy Act review process," said Amy Farrell, Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for AWEA.

The Maryland Public Service Commission to hold public comment hearing

The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold a public comment hearing as part of its limited inquiry into impacts related to changes in the turbine sizes originally anticipated for use in the Skipjack and US Wind offshore projects on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 12 Noon at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center (Rooms 215-217), 4001 Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Maryland. AWEA's Andrew Gohn will testify on behalf of AWEA. AWEA members and offshore wind supporters are encouraged to participate.


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Additional Resources

  • WINDIQ: WindIQ is the authoritative source of U.S. wind project and manufacturing data. The interactive, online platform provides data, charts, and dashboards covering all operational, under construction, and advanced development wind energy projects. WindIQ now allows you to search specifically for offshore projects via the ‘Phase Type’ criteria. The map also shows the offshore location of the project.
  • Offshore Wind Energy Fact Sheet: U.S. offshore wind is taking shape in waters off the coast across the country. Learn more about the abundant potential of this new ocean energy resource. Updated December 2019.
  • O&M and Safety Conference 2020: In the US, there are now over 56, 000 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 100 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy in the ground and 22 GW expected offshore by 2030. This impressive growth, coupled with leaps in technology, has renewable energy companies looking at their operating assets for profits. But what does operations look like in the 2020s? A successful wind project requires more than top-notch technology; its most important asset are the people who maintain the projects.
  • CLEANPOWER 2020: The momentum for offshore wind continues leading into AWEA’s CLEANPOWER Conference & Exhibition, taking place June 1 – 4 in Denver. The event will include a pre-conference seminar about the offshore floating market opportunities on the horizon, as well as sessions that focus on key, strategic issues that impact the pan renewable community. Join us for CLEANPOWER 2020, where all the major developers, utilities, OEMs, suppliers and buyers converge under one roof.
  • Floating Offshore Wind Pre-Conference Seminar at CLEANPOWER 2020Attendees will learn about the latest technology, policy and regulatory developments that are facilitating the development of floating offshore wind projects.
  • Offshore 2019The 2019 AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Conference in Boston included nearly 1,300 attendees, 76 exhibitors, dozens of sessions featuring 160 industry leaders and experts, as well as hundreds of onsite business meetings between attending companies. The opportunities and excitement around the future of the U.S. offshore wind sector were undeniable. It was evident our industry is at the forefront of a new American energy source. ICYMI: Post conference report, the conference recordings, and event photos.
  • Offshore 2020Save the date for the AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER 2020 Conference in New York City, October 13 - 14.