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USA completes lease review for offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released its Final Environmental Impact Assessment (Final EA) on a research lease for offshore wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine, stating that the proposed leasing activities will not have a significant impact.

Source: US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

In October 2021, the State of Maine applied for a research lease for the purpose of researching floating offshore wind technology and its deployment. The research site is located 28 nautical miles (about 51.8 kilometers) off the coast of Maine, approximately southeast of Portland.

If implemented, the project would consist of up to twelve floating offshore wind turbines that could generate up to 144 MW of renewable energy.

On May 29, 2024, BOEM will publish the “Notice on the availability of a final environmental impact assessment for a wind energy research lease on the Atlantic outer continental shelf off the coast of Maine” in the Federal Register.

Because no significant environmental impacts have been identified, BOEM is not required to prepare an environmental impact statement to issue a lease for wind energy research off the coast of Maine.

After completing the final environmental assessment and determining that there were no significant impacts, BOEM offered the research lease to the State of Maine, which has 30 calendar days to accept, reject, or request modifications to the lease.

“With the help of floating wind turbines, offshore wind power in the Gulf of Maine can become a reality,” said Elizabeth KleinBOEM Director.

“BOEM will continue to work with the State of Maine to promote the responsible development of offshore wind energy in this region and the statewide deployment of floating offshore wind technology.”

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