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Bay State Wind Project

Project Information
Sector: Renewable Energy Production
Project Category: 
FAST-41 Covered Projects
Project Status: 
Planned
Description: 

Bay State Wind (BSW) proposes to develop, build, operate, and own (through one or more affiliated special purpose entities) an utility-scale offshore wind farm with capacity up to 1,600 MW located 15-25 miles off the south coast of Massachusetts within the Lease area (the “Project”).  The Project may be developed in phases, and will consist of between 107 to 267 wind turbine generators (“WTG”), associated inter-array cabling, new onshore and offshore substations, export cables, a battery energy storage system, and onshore works for connection to the wholesale electric grid administered by ISO New England (“ISO-NE”).

The request for approval for Bay State Wind has not been submitted.  BOEM has coordinated with stakeholders to develop a preliminary list of anticipated reviews and authorizations based on the information available at this time, however, the Permitting Timetable will not be fully developed until the Construction Operations Plan has been submitted.

Permitting Timeline

Action Agency Target Completion Status
Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Planned
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Planned
Publication of Public Notice
Planned
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
Planned
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) Planned
Marine Mammal Protection Act Incidental Take Authorization
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Completed application received
Planned
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41) Planned
Endangered Species Act Consultation - NOAA-NMFS
Milestones:
Date of Request for formal consultation received
Planned
Consultation Initiation Date
Planned
Final Biological Opinion Issued
Planned
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41) Planned
Consultation to Protect Essential Fish Habitat
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Completed application received
Planned
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41) Planned
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Planned
Scoping
Planned
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Planned
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Planned
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision
Planned
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Planned
Construction and Operations Plan
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Planned
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