BOEM kicks off Kitty Hawk's permitting phase

The United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIR) for the Kitty Hawk offshore wind farm, off North Carolina. Appearing in the Federal Register, the NOI means that BOEM has commenced review of the project's Construction and Operations Plan (COP), a key step in the consenting process.

“Offshore wind is a critical component of this Administration’s commitment to confronting climate change, creating thousands of good-paying union jobs, and jump starting our country’s transition to a cleaner energy future,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “These states are stepping up and working together to lift up this growing industry. At the Interior Department, we are doing our part to ensure all of these projects are done thoughtfully and with consideration of impacts to surrounding communities.”

The NOI opens a thirty-day window for public comment, which will close on 30th August 2021.

The project is proposed by Avangrid’s development company Kitty Hawk Wind LLC, and is expected to consist of 69 wind turbines, one offshore substation, two export cables landing on Virginia Beach, and multiple inter-array cables.

The State of North Carolina is targeting 2.8 GW by 2030 (which would accommodate all three envisaged phases of the eventual Kitty Hawk project), and 8 GW by 2040.

“The full economic benefits of offshore wind energy can only be realized if we all come together to advance responsible development of offshore wind,” said BOEM Director Amanda Lefton. “If approved, the Kitty Hawk offshore wind project will not only provide clean, reliable energy where it is needed most, it will help boost the region as a manufacturing and supply chain hub for the offshore wind industry.”

BOEM is planning three virtual public meetings during the thirty-day comment window. These will take place on 10th, 12th, and 17th August.

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