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 that can be used to show the current status of an area that is being considered for Wind Power Development. Individual projects are listed by state below. Previous Wind Planning Areas that are now designated as leases can be found on the BOEM Leases Shapefile. Metadata for the leases can be found here. MaineThe Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act requires BOEM to award renewable energy leases competitively, unless BOEM determines there is no competitive interest. In October 2011, BOEM received an unsolicited requestfor a commercial lease from Statoil North America Inc. (Statoil NA). The area is located approximately 22 nautical miles (nmi) south of Booth Bay Harbor and covers an area of approximately 5,760 hectares (14,233 acres).Federal Register notices08/10/2012 – Request for Interest(RFI) 08/10/2012 - Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement12/19/2012 - Notice of Determination of No Competitive Interest(DNCI)For more information:Maine State Activities HomepageMassachusettsThe Wind Energy Area is located off the coast of Massachusetts beginning approximately 12 nmi south of Martha's Vineyard and 13 nautical miles southwest of Nantucket. It covers an area of approximately 300,672 hectares (742,974 acres).Federal Register notices12/29/2010 – Request for Interest(RFI)02/06/2012 – Call for Information02/06/2012 - Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement05/30/2012 – Wind Energy Area(WEA)11/02/2012 – Environmental Assessment(EA)For more information: Massachusetts State Activities Home PageNew YorkThe New York Power Authority (NYPA), Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and Consolidated Edison (ConEd) worked together to propose an offshore wind power project south of Long Island, approximately 13 nmi off Rockaway Peninsula. On September 8, 2011, BOEM received an unsolicited request for a commercial lease from NYPA. The area is approximately 32,832 hectares (81,129 acres)Federal Register notices01/04/2013 Request for Interest(RFI)For more information: New York State Activities Home PageNew JerseyThe New Jersey WEA is located offshore New Jersey beginning approximately 7 nautical miles (nmi) from shore and extends 23 nmi seaward. The area is approximately 139,104 hectares (343,732) acres.Federal Register notices04/20/2011 – Call for InformationFor more information: New Jersey State Activities Home PageMarylandIn November 2010, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) initiated the leasing process offshore Maryland by issuing a Request for Interest (RFI) to gauge industry’s interest in obtaining commercial wind leases in an area offshore of Maryland. The western edge of the Call Area is approximately 10 nautical miles from the Ocean City, Md., coast, and the eastern edge is approximately 23 nautical miles from the same location. The longest part of the north/south portion is approximately 13 nautical miles and the longest part of the east/west portion is approximately 13 nautical miles. The entire area is approximately 32,256 hectares (79,706 acres).MD Federal Register notices11/09/2010 – Request for Interest(RFI)02/03/2012 – Call for Information02/03/2012 - Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact StatementFor more information: Maryland State Activities Home PageNorth CarolinaThe NC Call Areas are located in 3 sections along the NC coast. Call Area Kitty Hawk offshore North Carolina contains approximately 138 whole OCS blocks and 36 partial blocks. The boundary begins 6 miles from the shore and extends roughly 34 nautical miles seaward at its longest point. It extends from north to south approximately 45 nautical miles. The entire area is approximately 355,248 hectares. Call Area Wilmington-West offshore North Carolina contains approximately 6 whole OCS blocks and 9 partial blocks. The boundary begins 7 miles from the shore and extends roughly 11 nautical miles seaward. It extends from east to west approximately 15 nautical miles. The entire area is approximately 26,784 hectares. Call Area Wilmington-East offshore North Carolina contains approximately 51 whole OCS blocks and 15 partial blocks. The boundary begins 13 miles from the shore andextends roughly 28 nautical miles seaward. It extends from east to west approximately 21 nautical miles. The entire area is approximately 111,984 hectares.NC Federal Register notices12/13/2012 – Call for Information02/05/2013 – Call for Information (reopening of comment period)For more information: North Carolina State Activities Home Page
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