BOEM seeks public input on Gulf of Maine offshore wind area environmental analysis

By: Chloe Emanuel

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20/06/2024 BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Wind Energy Area (WEA) in the Gulf of Maine. This area could potentially support 15 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy, enough to power over five million homes. This initiative aligns with the Biden-Harris administration’s goals of deploying 30 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030 and 15 GW of floating offshore wind energy by 2035.

The draft EA evaluates the environmental impact of leasing areas offshore Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts for wind energy activities, excluding turbine installation, which will be reviewed separately if proposed.

BOEM Director Elizabeth Klein emphasized the agency's commitment to engaging with tribes, governmental agencies, ocean users, and local communities to minimize environmental impacts. The Department of the Interior previously proposed an offshore wind energy lease sale in the Gulf of Maine, covering nearly one million acres across eight potential leasing areas.

Public input is sought to refine the EA, with comments accepted until July 22, 2024. BOEM will also host virtual public meetings on July 8 and July 10. The final EA will guide the decision on holding a commercial wind energy lease sale.

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