The federal stakeholder planning and analysis phase focused on the identification and assessment of offshore areas that could be viable candidates for wind energy – Wind Energy Areas (WEAs). This process included nominations for particular areas, Environmental Assessments for specific activities related to this phase and public input.
Dec 12, 2012
BOEM publishes Call for Information and Nominations
Mar 7, 2013
BOEM Call for Information and Nominations Closes
Aug 11, 2014
BOEM Identifies Wind Energy Areas (WEAs)
Jan 23, 2015
BOEM publishes Notice of Availability (NOA) of Draft Environmental Assessment (EA)
Sep 18, 2015
BOEM Publishes Notice of Availability (NOA) for Revised Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
In this phase, BOEM conducts a process to identify prospective bidders to lease an area offshore North Carolina for commercial wind energy development. BOEM manages an online auction process which results in a preliminary lease agreement for the highest bidder. The preliminary term for the lease is 12 months in which the lease must submit a Site Assessment Plan (SAP) to BOEM.
Aug 16, 2016
BOEM Releases the Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 7 Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) and Request for Interest (RFI)
Jan 18, 2017
BOEM publishes Final Sale Notice (FSN)
Mar 17, 2017
Kitty Hawk Wind, LLC Wins Lease Auction
Mar 17, 2017
BOEM and AVANGRID sign Commercial Lease for Renewable Energy Development
Following the establishment of a lease agreement, a Site Assessment Plan must be submitted to and approved by BOEM. The SAP describes the metoceanic data collection devices and methods to support site assessment activities. The data collection devices will monitor the wind resource and metocean conditions in support of the Project. Data collection will include the evaluation of: shallow hazards and geological conditions (including seabed constraints such as boulders and debris); marine archaeological resources; and benthic resources. Upon approval of the SAP, the lessee will have up to 4 ½ years in which to submit a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) to BOEM.
Sep 18, 2019
AVANGRID Submits Site Assessment Plan (SAP)
Dec 11, 2020
Submit Construction and Operations Plan (COP)
The focus of the Construction and Operations Phase is conducting the Environmental Impact Statement, receiving public input, and gaining approval on the Construction and Operations Plan. Following final approval of the plan construction and operations will begin.
Jul 30, 2021
BOEM Publishes NOI to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
BOEM Publishes Draft EIS followed by public comment period and public meetings
BOEM Publishes Final EIS and Record of Decision
AVANGRID Submits Design and Installation Plans
All State and Federal Permits In-hand