Responsible Offshore Science Alliance October Meeting

Posted October 25, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

The next meeting of the Responsible Offshore Science Alliance’s advisory council is open to the public on October 28, 2022 from 12-2:30 p.m. EST.(more...)

Register Now: Intro to Floating Wind Technology and Markets

Posted October 11, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

Some coastal waters, including those off the West Coast of the U.S., are too deep to install traditional, fixed-bottom wind turbines.(more...)

MARCO Import Tool Compatible with Additional Data Formats

Posted August 30, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

Registered users of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean’s portal can now display a wider selection of map data types from outside websites on the Marine Planner using the Map Layer Import Tool.(more...)

Cultural Data Now Available through MARCO’s Portal

Posted July 12, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

The following are regional and science meetings that will be held this summer and fall.(more...)

Upcoming Regional and Science Meetings

Posted July 5, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

The following are regional and science meetings that will be held this summer and fall.(more...)

Gulf of Mexico Begins Diving into Offshore Wind Energy

Posted June 28, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

The first auction of what could be eleven new zones allocated for offshore wind power development in the Gulf of Mexico could be held as early as next year, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.(more...)

Responsible Offshore Science Alliance Meeting June 24, 2022

Posted June 21, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

The next meeting of the Responsible Offshore Science Alliance’s advisory council will be June 24, 2022 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Eastern and is open to the public.(more...)

World’s First Trial to Grow Corals at Offshore Wind Farm

Posted June 14, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

While it might have happened before naturally, this new trial is the first concentrated effort to grow coral reefs on offshore wind foundations.(more...)

California Sets Goals for Offshore Wind Energy

Posted June 7, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

A recent bill directed the California Energy Commission to set offshore wind energy targets and create a strategic plan for development.(more...)

Get Information for Aquaculture Permitting in Alaska

Posted May 31, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

Learn questions to consider while you’re creating your aquaculture plan.(more...)

Spatial Models for California Offshore Wind Energy

Posted May 19, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

Get wind spatial models for the coast of California to assist in the decision-making process for offshore energy development.(more...)

Ferry Routes and Terminals Now Available Through MARCO Portal

Posted May 12, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

Users can now find data on the Mid-Atlantic’s robust network of ferry routes and terminals through the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal.(more...)

New 100-Meter Wind Resource Maps from WINDExchange

Posted May 3, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

See the new 100-meter wind speed maps for Texas-Louisiana-Mississippi, North Carolina-South Carolina, and Alabama-Florida-Georgia.(more...)

Learn More about the National Wetlands Inventory on May 5

Posted April 26, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory Program has catalyzed the conservation of wetlands through mapping and monitoring wetlands and deep water habitats for over 40 years.(more...)

Offshore Wind Could Generate Billions for North Carolina Economy

Posted April 19, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

A new analysis shows that constructing a 2.8-gigawatts offshore wind farm off North Carolina’s coast by 2030 will result in a net benefit of up to $4.6 billion for the state’s economy.(more...)

Webinar: Using Regulatory Data to Inform Marine Spatial Planning Efforts

Posted April 12, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

The ProtectedSeas Navigator mapping project is a one-stop resource for policymakers to find out where marine protected areas are located.(more...)

Icebreaker Wind Farm Receives Federal Grant Extension

Posted April 5, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

Cleveland’s Icebreaker wind farm received some good news as they were awarded a grant extension from the Department of Energy.(more...)

Explore PRIMRE

Posted March 22, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

Check out the Portal and Repository for Information on Marine Renewable Energy.(more...)

New York Announces Nearly $1.3 million to Collect Data for Responsible Offshore Wind Development

Posted March 15, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

Ocean planners know the importance of data, and managers in New York are turning that into action.(more...)

Save the Date for Upcoming Regional Events

Posted March 8, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

Pacific Offshore Wind Summit, March 28-30, 2022, The Gulf of Mexico Conference, April 25-28, 2022, and New York State of the Science Workshop, July 26-28, 2022.(more...)

Report Shows New Offshore Wind Development Could Generate Economic Boost

Posted March 1, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

Expanded offshore wind leasing in the U.S. could generate up to $4.5 billion in new federal revenue, create up to 128,000 jobs during construction, and spark $120 billion in clean energy investments.(more...)

Improving Ocean Data Access for Indigenous Coastal Communities

Posted February 22, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Convergence Accelerator program works to improve access to ocean data for Indigenous coastal communities.(more...)

Soon Almost Anyone’s Boat Will be Able to Map the Great Lakes

Posted February 15, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

To help complete an open, high-density map of the Great Lake’s lakefloor as part of Lakebed 2030, the Great Lakes Observing System is preparing to tap into crowd-sourced bathymetry.(more...)

New Avian Movement Data Shows Endangered Species Activity in the Northeast

Posted February 8, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

A new layer added to the Northeast Ocean Data Portal depicts the first satellite tracks of the endangered black-capped petrel.(more...)

Ocean Mapping and Research Partnership Expanded for the Mid-Atlantic

Posted February 1, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

Ocean planners and GIS data users in the Mid-Atlantic will have access to improved oceanographic data through a memorandum of understanding.(more...)

Browse the Offshore Wind Webinar Library

Posted January 25, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

This new resource for stakeholders highlights free, publicly available webinars related to offshore wind energy development and wildlife.(more...)

Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Exposition, April 27-29, 2022

Posted January 18, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

Join together with producers, service providers, vendors, researchers, and more from throughout the aquaculture industry in the Northeast.(more...)

New Product Alert: CostaVis USVI

Posted January 11, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

CostaVis USVI is the first online tool to visualize landscape transformation in the U.S. Virgin Islands.(more...)

Offshore Wind Steel Fabrication Plant Coming to Maryland

Posted January 4, 2022 by Caitlyn McCrary

Construction began in October on Maryland’s first offshore wind steel fabrication center.(more...)

Virginia’s First Offshore Wind Turbines Are a Haven for Marine Life

Posted December 14, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

Dominion Energy’s first two offshore turbines, currently used just for research, are teeming with marine life.(more...)

How to Build an Offshore Wind Farm

Posted December 7, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

Building an offshore wind farm is not your average construction job.(more...)

Oregon State University Selected for Offshore Wind Research Funding

Posted November 30, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The university received a $2 million grant from the Department of Energy to study the impact of offshore wind on the environment.(more...)

New Data Support Planning Regional Monitoring Along the East Coast

Posted November 16, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Northeast Ocean Data Portal and Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal added data layers to represent the components of a proposed Passive Acoustic Monitoring design.(more...)

Upcoming Events for the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico

Posted November 9, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

Save the date for these events.(more...)

Maine Submits for Federal Small-Scale Floating Offshore Wind Research Site

Posted November 2, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Office of Maine’s Governor submitted an application to lease a 15.2-square-mile area in the Gulf of Maine for the nation’s first floating offshore wind research site in federal waters.(more...)

Discover Data for the Gulf of Mexico

Posted October 26, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance developed a website to make it easier for users to discover, explore, and access data for the entire region.(more...)

New Tool Maps Ocean’s Natural Resources

Posted October 19, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

A new tool provides information on things like seafloor makeup, fish and invertebrates, as well as marine mammals and birds.(more...)

Ecological Coastal Units are Now Available

Posted October 12, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

A new set of resources is now available that describe global shoreline characteristics.(more...)

Offshore Wind Market Report: 2021 Edition Released

Posted October 5, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The report details information on the domestic offshore wind industry to provide a U.S. context and help navigate technical and market barriers and opportunities.(more...)

The Department of Energy Provides $27 Million for Wave Energy Research Projects

Posted September 28, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

As much as $27 million in federal funding is available for research and development projects designed to advance the efficiency of wave energy with the goal of making the technology commercially viable.(more...)

Environmental Review for Wind Project Off the Coast of New York and Rhode Island Completed

Posted September 21, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management completed its environmental review of the proposed South Fork Wind project offshore New York and Rhode Island.(more...)

Next Steps Announced for First Proposed Wind Energy Project Offshore North Carolina

Posted September 14, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has started an environmental review of a proposed wind energy project offshore North Carolina.(more...)

BOEM Advances Offshore Wind in California

Posted August 31, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

As part of the Biden Administration’s commitment to developing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced two actions to advance the leasing process in California.(more...)

Regional Data Sharing Through new Southeast Sand Resources Site

Posted July 27, 2021 by Jodie Sprayberry

The Nature Conservancy brought partners together to foster collaboration to develop a Regional Sand Management Website.(more...)

New Wave Buoy Deployed in Puerto Rico

Posted July 20, 2021 by Jodie Sprayberry

A new wave buoy was successfully deployed off the coast of Arecibo—on the north side of Puerto Rico—on June 14, 2021.(more...)

Report: Offshore Wind Project Monitoring Framework and Guidelines

Posted June 15, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The new report builds on existing BOEM guidance and outlines the necessary parts of a project monitoring plan for commercial-scale offshore wind farms.(more...)

Biden Administration Launches Major Push to Expand Offshore Wind Power

Posted June 8, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The White House detailed an ambitious plan to expand wind farms along the East Coast and jump-start the country’s offshore wind industry, hoping to fight against climate change.(more...)

Oregon Introduces Bill to Develop Floating Offshore Wind

Posted June 1, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

A bill recently introduced in the Oregon Legislative Assembly calls for the development of 3 gigawatts of commercial-scale floating offshore wind energy within federal waters off Oregon’s coast by 2030.(more...)

New York’s South Fork Wind Farm Receives Key Approval

Posted May 25, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The New York State Public Service Commission unanimously voted to grant the Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the South Fork Wind Farm.(more...)

BOEM Starts an Environmental Study of Wind Project Offshore Rhode Island

Posted May 11, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement for an 880-megawatt offshore wind project off the coast of Rhode Island.(more...)

2020 AIS (Vessel Traffic) Data Now Available

Posted May 4, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

Head over to our AIS page to explore the new data.(more...)

Join in for the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum, May 3-6, 2021

Posted April 27, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Mid-Atlantic Council on the Ocean is holding its third annual Regional Ocean Forum from May 3 to 6, 2021.(more...)

Download the Report: Offshore Wind for America

Posted April 20, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

Learn more about the state of offshore wind potential in the U.S. in this report from Environment American Research & Policy Center.(more...)

Department of Interior Completes Environmental Review for Vineyard Wind 1

Posted April 13, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management completed its environmental analysis of the Vineyard Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts.(more...)

A Roadmap for North Carolina’s Offshore Wind Supply Chain

Posted April 6, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The North Carolina Department of Commerce commissioned a strategic study to maximize the economic benefit in the state from offshore wind.(more...)

California Explores Plan for Offshore Wind Energy

Posted March 30, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

There are hurdles ahead for offshore wind energy but experts in California feel they’re worth the challenge.(more...)

New Hampshire Looks to Offshore Wind Energy

Posted March 23, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

New Hampshire is joining the offshore wind push by entering the beginning stages of evaluating what it would mean to bring offshore wind energy to the state.(more...)

First Federal Lease Issued for Wave Energy Research Project

Posted March 16, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a lease for the first wave energy research project in federal waters off the U.S. West Coast.(more...)

Port of Humboldt Bay Considering Redesign to Support Offshore Wind Energy

Posted March 9, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Board of Commissioners for the Humboldt Bay Harbor is considering hiring an engineering firm to develop a plan for a completely reimagined port.(more...)

President Biden Aims to Conserve 30 Percent of the Ocean by 2030

Posted March 2, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

President Biden’s executive order directs the department to outline steps to accelerate responsible development of renewable energy in public waters.(more...)

Cable from Aqua Ventus Turbine to Connect in Boothbay Region, Maine

Posted February 23, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The New England Aqua Ventus I wind turbine will reside off the coast of Monhegan Island, Maine and needs a cable to connect it to the mainland power grid.(more...)

Save the Date: International Conference on Ocean Energy, April 28-30, 2021

Posted February 16, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

This all-virtual conference will bring together international stakeholders, experts, and exhibitors from the ocean energy sectors with content and networking opportunities.(more...)

NOAA Report: Socioeconomic Impacts of Atlantic Offshore Wind Development

Posted February 9, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

NOAA Fisheries developed a series of reports summarizing previous fishing activity within each offshore wind lease or project area.(more...)

Special Issue of Oceanography on Offshore Wind and Fisheries

Posted February 2, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The journal of Oceanography just released a special issue on understanding the effects of offshore wind energy development on fisheries.(more...)

Offshore Wind Transmission Webinar Series Starts on January 29

Posted January 26, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Northeast Regional Ocean Council, in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean, is hosting a Friday morning webinar series.(more...)

MARCO Data Alert: First Offshore Wind Turbines in Federal Waters

Posted January 19, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

The first offshore wind turbines in U.S. federal waters are now producing power off the coast of Virginia.(more...)

New Jersey on Path to be First State to Align Offshore Wind Transmission Policy with Regional Plan

Posted January 12, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

New Jersey set a goal of 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2035.(more...)

Maine Set to Expand Research and Development of Floating Offshore Wind

Posted January 5, 2021 by Caitlyn McCrary

Maine’s Governor announced the state’s plan to create the country’s first floating offshore wind research array in the Gulf of Maine.(more...)

Louisiana Takes First Steps Towards Offshore Wind in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted December 15, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Louisiana Governor has announced a renewable energy initiative for the Gulf of Mexico, which revolves around offshore wind.(more...)

Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia Partnering on Offshore Wind Development

Posted December 8, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Three states plan to work together to cooperatively promote, develop, and expand offshore wind energy and the accompanying industry supply chain and workforce.(more...)

Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean State Spotlight: Maryland

Posted December 1, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

A professor from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and his students tagged and studied black sea bass during the summer of 2016-2019.(more...)

Wind Project Off the Coast of Virginia Ready to Deliver Energy

Posted November 17, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project has completed the final stage of testing and is ready to enter commercial service providing clean, renewable energy to Virginians.(more...)

First Offshore Wind Research Buoys Deployed Off the West Coast

Posted November 10, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office deployed two offshore wind research buoys off the coast of California.(more...)

Grant Supports Development of Efficient Offshore Wind Farms

Posted November 3, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

A new research project from Cornell University will investigate the optimal spacing between wind turbines to maximize power production.(more...)

Fish-Farm Off the Coast of San Diego Could be the First in Federal Waters

Posted October 27, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The proposed farm, Pacific Ocean AquaFarm, would be located about four miles offshore of San Diego.(more...)

Webinar: Costs and Benefits of Offshore Wind Transmission Options

Posted October 20, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Register now to join the webinar on Friday, October 23, at 2 p.m. Eastern discussing costs and benefits of offshore wind transmission options.(more...)

Recommendations Released for Aids to Navigation Around Offshore Wind Sites

Posted October 13, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance Joint Industry Task Force recommends consistent and uniform navigational aids and marking across all offshore wind projects to minimize navigational risk for mariners.(more...)

Save the Date - Synthesis of Science: Interactions Between Offshore Wind Development and Fisheries

Posted September 29, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are convening a three-day workshop to explore the Synthesis of the Science for Fisheries and Offshore Wind(more...)

Study Shows Huge Economic Potential of Offshore Wind

Posted September 22, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

A new study assessed the impact of potential Bureau of Ocean Energy Management lease auctions for offshore wind power through 2022, according to a Public News Service article.(more...)

Coordinated New York Offshore Energy Grid Could Provide Benefits

Posted September 15, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

A multi-user, planned transmission system for offshore wind in New York could achieve grid cost savings of over $500 million, according to a new study produced by the Brattle Group.(more...)

Tomorrow’s Forecast: Sunny with a Strong Chance of Wind

Posted September 08, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Knowing the strength, direction, and timing of the wind offshore can have serious implications for wind energy systems.(more...)

New York State of the Science Workshop 2020

Posted September 01, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The 2020 State of the Science Workshop for New York will be held virtually this year, November 16-20, 2020.(more...)

Combined Map of East Coast Port Access Route Studies Now Available

Posted August 25, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The boundaries for four U.S. Coast Guard-led Port Access Route Study areas along the East Coast are now presented in a single consolidated map in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean portal and through MarineCadastre.gov.(more...)

Offshore Wind Project? Don’t Forget the Onshore Component

Posted August 19, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Wind turbines floating offshore of California trigger the need for various federal, state, and local approvals, the writers at Windpower Engineering & Development warn.(more...)

Study Says Offshore Wind Farms Won’t Keep Most People from Enjoying the Beach

Posted August 11, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Most beachgoers’ are indifferent to wind farms built at least 5 miles from the shore, according to a new study in the journal Energy Policy.(more...)

First Offshore Wind Turbine Goes Up on Federal Lease

Posted August 4, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Dominion Energy and offshore wind developer Orsted have installed the first two 6-megawatt wind turbines on a federal lease.(more...)

Learn about New York’s Offshore Wind Program on August 4, 2020

Posted July 28, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Offshore wind offers an unprecedented source of affordable, renewable power for New York.(more...)

Texas Best Suited for Offshore Wind in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted July 21, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and National Renewable Energy Laboratory released two studies looking at offshore wind potential in the Gulf of Mexico.(more...)

$1.1M Awarded for Regional Wind Farm Studies

Posted July 14, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Rhode Island, Massachusetts and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced grants worth $1.1 million for four regional studies.(more...)

Ohio Approves Nation’s First Freshwater Offshore Wind Farm

Posted July 7, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Ohio unanimously approved the Icebreaker Wind Farm planned for offshore of Cleveland.(more...)

Offshore Wind Energy Infrastructure Could Utilize 3D Printed Concrete

Posted June 30, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Purdue University is currently looking into using 3D printed concrete to make these pieces.(more...)

Offshore Wind Comment Opportunity

Posted June 23, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a Port Access Route Study to determine whether existing or additional vessel routing measures are needed off the coast of New Jersey.(more...)

US Offshore Wind 2020 Conference Goes Virtual

Posted June 16, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Join this free online conference to learn about the offshore wind energy industry.(more...)

First Offshore Wind Turbine Installed in Federal Waters

Posted June 9, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

A 6-Megawatt wind turbine was installed on May 26, 2020, 27 miles off the coast of Virginia in federal waters.(more...)

New Partnership Will Update and Improve Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Commercial Fisheries Data Products

Posted June 2, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

New partnership to engage commercial fishermen in the development of updated maps and data for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portals.(more...)

Offshore Wind Turbines Headed to Virginia; New Jersey Launches WIND Institute

Posted May 26, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Components for the first two turbines to be built in federal waters left Denmark on their way to Virginia.(more...)

Learn About OceanReports from Our Expert on July 28

Posted May 19, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Learn everything you need to know from one of our resident experts in this OpenChannels webinar, July 28, at 1 p.m. ET.(more...)

Virtual: 2020 Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum on May 19

Posted May 12, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Join in on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.(more...)

Monitoring Fisheries Resources at Offshore Wind Farms

Posted May 5, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

There are many uncertainties around how offshore wind farms impact marine organisms.(more...)

Massachusetts Coal Plant Retrofitted for Offshore Wind

Posted April 28, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Brayton Point Commerce Center was previously a coal-fired power plant.(more...)

Big Wins Expected for Offshore Wind Over the Next Decade

Posted April 21, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The offshore-wind industry is poised for exponential growth in the United States over the next decade.(more...)

Scientists Collect Commercial Fish Data in Wind Energy Areas

Posted April 14, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

NOAA Fisheries kicked off a three year study on commercial fish species in southern New England waters.(more...)

Roadmap for Public Participation in the Offshore Wind Energy Process

Posted April 7, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Throughout the siting process, there are many opportunities for the public to share comments with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and other parties involved.(more...)

Aquaculture Could be Coming to U.S. Federal Waters

Posted March 31, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Currently, aquaculture primarily takes place in state waters but all that could change with the introduction of an aquaculture bill.(more...)

How MARCO Portal Data Can Inform Discussions on Offshore Wind

Posted March 24, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Mid-Atlantic has a gently sloping continental shelf and strong offshore winds, making offshore wind energy a focus of policy, research, and investment for the region.(more...)

First Offshore Wind Energy Farm in Federal Waters Scheduled to Start May 2020

Posted March 17, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The first U.S. offshore wind energy project on a federal lease is on track to begin construction in May.(more...)

Data for Hawaii Wave Heights from PacIOOS

Posted March 3, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The data collected from the PacIOOS wave buoy will help inform the Wave Energy Test Site.(more...)

Public Webinar for Mid-Atlantic Ocean Activity on February 27

Posted February 25, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Get an update on the Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean’s recent work and accomplishments.(more...)

New Data on the Mid-Atlantic Data Portal

Posted February 18, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean data portal recently added new data.(more...)

New Task Force Will Consider Leases for Offshore Wind Energy in the Gulf of Maine

Posted February 11, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is working to determine the best areas for offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine.(more...)

Monthly Sea Surface Temperature Maps for the Mid-Atlantic

Posted February 4, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The MARCO Portal Team produced a group of maps displaying average monthly sea surface temperatures based on 15 years of recent data.(more...)

New Jersey More than Doubles Offshore Wind Energy Target to 7.5 Gigawatts

Posted January 28, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

The governor of New Jersey signed an executive order raising the state’s target for offshore wind energy from 3.5 gigawatts by 2030 to 7.5 gigawatts by 2035.(more...)

Offshore Renewable Energy Interactions with the Environment: Lessons Learned from Europe

Posted January 14, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

Hear lessons learned from researchers studying interactions between offshore renewable energy and the environment.(more...)

Report Characterizes Seafloor for Proposed New York Offshore Wind Energy Project

Posted January 7, 2020 by Caitlyn McCrary

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science has completed a seafloor characterization study for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.(more...)

Technology Advancements and Competition Making UMaine go Bigger with Offshore Wind

Posted December 17, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

A pending $5 million federal energy grant to help the University of Maine design larger platforms for a coming generation of floating offshore wind farms reflects a new reality in the wind power industry.(more...)

Mayflower Wind Energy to Begin 804-MW Offshore Project in Massachusetts

Posted December 10, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Mayflower Wind Energy LLC has been chosen by the state of Massachusetts to supply 804 megawatts of offshore wind energy to the state.(more...)

Partners in Science: Offshore Wind and the Mid-Atlantic Cold Pool

Posted December 3, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Offshore wind developers and coastal managers need accurate information about the ocean to responsibly introduce wind energy to the Mid-Atlantic Bight.(more...)

West Hawaiʻi Habitat Focus Area Map Viewer

Posted November 12, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

PacIOOS partnered with NOAA's Habitat Blueprint Program to build a map viewer for the West Hawaiʻi Habitat Focus Area.(more...)

Orsted to Use Wind Turbine That’s 50% More Efficient in New Jersey and Maryland Offshore Projects

Posted November 5, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Orsted will bring 1,220 megawatts of offshore wind energy online in the next five years by using a new wind turbine in their New Jersey and Maryland projects.(more...)

Coast Guard Revises Guidance Affecting Offshore Wind

Posted October 29, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

For the first time in more than a decade, the Coast Guard has revised its guidelines for reviewing the effects of offshore wind farms on commercial shipping.(more...)

U.S. Seeks Superconducting Offshore Wind Generators

Posted October 22, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

In order to successfully harness the full potential of offshore wind energy, the turbine generators need to be large enough without being too massive to build or overheating.(more...)

Dominion Energy Plans 220 Turbine Offshore Wind Project

Posted October 15, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Dominion Energy is planning a 220 wind turbine farm off the coast of Virginia Beach in federal waters they have already leased.(more...)

Offshore Wind Industry Gears Up for Worker Training

Posted October 8, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

As the interest in building offshore wind farms grows, so does the need for skilled workers.(more...)

New York Awards Two Offshore Wind Contracts

Posted October 1, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

New York awarded two major offshore wind contracts.(more...)

Shell Brings Expertise to the Northeast as Offshore Wind Energy Heats Up

Posted September 24, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Shell New Energies won two big seabed leases last year to develop offshore wind projects in the Northeast.(more...)

New Jersey Picks Danish Firm for Wind Energy Project

Posted September 12, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

New Jersey chose the company, Orsted, to build an offshore wind energy project off the coast of Atlantic City that could power half a million homes.(more...)

Governor of Maine Signs Bill to Advance Offshore Wind Energy

Posted September 17, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

University of Maine has been developing floating offshore wind technology with the hopes of testing in Maine waters.(more...)

US Wind Moves Forward with Maryland Offshore Wind Project

Posted August 27, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

US Wind, in agreement with EPIC Applied Technologies, is installing a meteorological tower beginning in the summer of 2019.(more...)

Understanding the Ocean Soundscape

Posted August 20, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management contributed an article, Understanding the Ocean Soundscape, by Dr. Rodney Cluck and Dr. Jill Lewandowski, in a special edition of ECO magazine.(more...)

Rhode Island Funds READY 4 OFFSHORE WIND Initiative

Posted August 13, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

The READY 4 OFFSHORE WIND Initiative is designed to create opportunities for Rhode Island businesses to enter the offshore wind industry.(more...)

Call for Abstracts - Ocean Sciences 2020 in San Diego

Posted August 6, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is seeking abstracts until September 11, 2019.(more...)

Connecticut One Step Closer to Offshore Wind Energy

Posted July 30, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Connecticut just needs the governor’s signature to put into action a piece of legislation that would require 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy for the state by 2030.(more...)

How Have Offshore Wind Energy Policies Changed Under the Current Administration?

Posted July 16, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Read this article to hear from Val Stori, the project director for the Clean Energy Group and Clean Energy States Alliance.(more...)

Oceanography Updates: New Bathymetry and Seabed Maps for the Mid-Atlantic

Posted July 9, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Explore the Mid-Atlantic’s sea bottom in greater detail than ever before with four new maps in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal’s Oceanography theme.(more...)

Massachusetts Looks to Harness the Ocean’s Winds with British Help

Posted June 25, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Massachusetts legislature is considering bills that would commit the state to 100% renewable energy within 25 years.(more...)

New Jersey Shows Strong Support for Wind Energy

Posted June 18, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

A poll from Monmouth University found that 76% of New Jersey residents support development of offshore wind farms off the state’s coast.(more...)

Access Alaska Water Level and Animal Data in These Portals

Posted June 11, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Much of ocean and coastal planning depends on high quality water and animal data.(more...)

June 18: How To Series with MARCO

Posted June 4, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Join in for a “#HowTu” session with a portal expert on Tuesday, June 18, from 2-3 pm ET.(more...)

Recap: Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum 2019: Advancing Intergovernmental Collaboration & Ocean Planning

Posted May 28, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Catch up on the 2019 forum presentations with these videos.(more...)

U.S. Offshore Wind a $70 Billion Opportunity for Supply Chain

Posted May 21, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

The U.S.’s offshore wind energy industry is projected to produce 20 gigawatts of energy by 2030.(more...)

BOEM Comes to Agreement with Fisheries and Offshore Wind Energy

Posted May 14, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are hotspots for offshore wind energy potential, but they are also key areas for much of America’s fishing industry.(more...)

BOEM Starts Planning for 2020 Renewables Leasing Plan

Posted May 7, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management plans to continue advancing renewable energy through an aggressive leasing program.(more...)

North Carolina Governor Includes Money for Offshore Wind Study in Budget

Posted April 30, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

If approved, a one-year, $300,000 study will analyze North Carolina’s potential to manufacture, ship, and service offshore wind turbine components.(more...)

State Legislation Could Triple Offshore Energy Capacity

Posted April 23, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

A pair of bills circulating in the Maryland General Assembly could, if approved, essentially triple the capacity of wind energy off Maryland’s coast.(more...)

Unlocking the Secrets of the Deepest Diving Whales

Posted April 16, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Follow along in this creative use of Esri Storymaps as scientists study the sounds and behaviors of the beaked and sperm whales.(more...)

U.S. Department of Energy Commits $28 Million to Floating Turbine Innovation

Posted April 9, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

The U.S. Department of Energy’s innovation arm is making $28 million in funding available for research and development projects.(more...)

Second Round of Post-Sandy Boundaries Out in Draft Form

Posted April 2, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepared draft revised boundaries that propose modifications to the Coastal Barrier Resource System.(more...)

All Rivers Lead to the Ocean in These Beautiful Maps

Posted March 26, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Hungarian cartographer, Robert Szucs, travels the world while mapping it’s treasures.(more...)

University of Delaware Creates Courses to Train Offshore Wind Professionals

Posted March 19, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

The first courses focusing on professionals and managers seeking to enter the offshore wind energy industry launched at the University of Delaware.(more...)

New Hampshire Takes Steps Towards Pursuing Offshore Wind Energy

Posted March 12, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

New Hampshire may soon join the growing list of U.S. states pursuing offshore energy production.(more...)

West Coast Launches Regional Ocean Partnership

Posted March 5, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

The West Coast Ocean Alliance will serve as the regional ocean partnership for the West Coast.(more...)

Free Exercises Using the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal Available

Posted February 26, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Middle, high school, and university level teachers can download a free set of interactive classroom exercises focused on using the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal.(more...)

BOEM Will Release New Offshore Wind Energy Areas Off the Coast of New York

Posted February 19, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

A chart of draft offshore wind energy areas by BOEM responds to concerns from the maritime and commercial fishing industries in the New York Bight area.(more...)

Offshore Wind Energy Cable Base Planned for New England

Posted February 12, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Developers are planning a subsea cable service base in the northeast US to serve the emerging offshore wind energy industry.(more...)

Additional Bids Would add 350 Megawatts of Offshore Wind to Rhode Island

Posted February 5, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

Rhode Island residents are already using power from the first offshore wind farm in the US and plans are in place to buy another 400 megawatts of offshore wind.(more...)

Celebrating Another Year of Progress for U.S. Offshore Wind

Posted January 29, 2019 by Caitlyn McCrary

With more than 25,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the pipeline, the U.S. offshore wind industry is taking off.(more...)