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BOEM finalises environmental review of Gulf of Maine offshore wind research lease

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 28/05/2024 BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced the completion of its Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA) for an offshore wind research lease in the Gulf of Maine. The assessment concludes that the proposed lease activities will have no significant environmental impacts.

“Floating wind technology can make offshore wind a reality in the Gulf of Maine,” said BOEM Director Elizabeth Klein. “BOEM will continue to collaborate with the state of Maine to ensure responsible development of offshore wind in this region and the nationwide deployment of floating offshore wind technology.”

The research site, located 28 nautical miles south east of Portland, Maine, could host up to 12 floating offshore wind turbines, generating up to 144 megawatts of renewable energy. BOEM will publish the Final EA in the Federal Register on May 29, 2024. The assessment found no significant impact, eliminating the need for an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act.

BOEM offered the research lease to the State of Maine on May 24, 2024. The state has 30 days to respond.

Since the Biden-Harris administration began, the Department of the Interior has approved eight commercial-scale offshore wind projects and held multiple lease auctions. BOEM continues to explore further offshore wind development opportunities, including in the Gulf of Maine and the U.S. Central Atlantic coast, with an emphasis on union-built projects and a domestic supply chain.

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