USA: Commercial wind energy offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts
Washington, USA – The US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and BOEMRE-Director Michael Bromwich announced the initial steps to develop commercial wind energy on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
A Call for Information and Nominations (Call) invites developers to identify locations within an offshore area in which they seek commercial leases for developing wind projects. BOEMRE (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement) is also seeking public comment – through a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment – on important environmental issues and reasonable alternatives related to the proposed leasing, site characterization and assessment activities in the offshore area under consideration. “Today’s announcement reflects the kind of efficient, forward-thinking planning we must do to quickly and responsibly stand up an American offshore wind industry,” Secretary Salazar said.