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2011 - 2015

Planning and Analysis

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.

March 7, 2013

BOEM Call for Information and Nominations Closes

January 23, 2015

BOEM publishes Notice of Availability (NOA) of Draft Environmental Assessment (EA)

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December 12, 2012

BOEM publishes Call for Information and Nominations

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August 11, 2014

BOEM Identifies Wind Energy Areas (WEAs)

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September 18, 2015

BOEM Publishes Notice of Availability (NOA) for Revised Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

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2016 - 2017

Leasing

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.

August 16, 2016

BOEM Releases the Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 7 Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) and Request for Interest (RFI)

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March 16, 2017

BOEM Holds Lease Auction

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March 17, 2017

BOEM and Avangrid Renewables sign Commercial Lease for Renewable Energy Development

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January 18, 2017

BOEM publishes Final Sale Notice (FSN)

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March 17, 2017

Avangrid Renewables Wins Lease Auction

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2017 - 2021

Site Assessment

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.

September 18, 2019

Avangrid Renewables Submits Site Assessment Plan (SAP)

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MetBuoy Deployment

April 8, 2020

BOEM Approves SAP

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Submit Construction and Operations Plan (COP)

2021 - Onward

Construction and Operation

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.

BOEM deems COP Sufficient and Complete to Start NEPA

BOEM Publishes Draft EIS followed by public comment period and public meetings

Avangrid Renewables Submits Design and Installation Plans

Construction

Decommissioning

BOEM Publishes NOI to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

BOEM Publishes Final EIS and Record of Decision

All State and Federal Permits In-hand

Commercial Operation

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

Learn More

Mar 7, 2013

BOEM Call for Information and Nominations Closes

Aug 11, 2014

BOEM Identifies Wind Energy Areas (WEAs)

Learn More

Jan 23, 2015

BOEM publishes Notice of Availability (NOA) of Draft Environmental Assessment (EA)

Learn More

Sep 18, 2015

BOEM Publishes Notice of Availability (NOA) for Revised Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Learn More

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)

Learn More

Jan 18, 2017

BOEM publishes Final Sale Notice (FSN)

Learn More

Mar 16, 2017

BOEM Holds Lease Auction

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Mar 17, 2017

Avangrid Renewables Wins Lease Auction

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Mar 17, 2017

BOEM and Avangrid Renewables sign Commercial Lease for Renewable Energy Development

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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 Renewables Submits Site Assessment Plan (SAP)

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Apr 8, 2020

BOEM Approves SAP

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MetBuoy Deployment

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.

BOEM deems COP Sufficient and Complete to Start NEPA

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 Renewables Submits Design and Installation Plans

All State and Federal Permits In-hand

Construction

Commercial Operation

Decommissioning