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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

Endangered Species Act Consultation (DOI-FWS)
Fish and Wildlife Service (Participating)
Planned
Milestones:
Request for ESA Consultation Received
Consultation Package Deemed Complete – Formal
Conclusion of ESA Consultation
Section 10 Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 Clean Water Act
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
Planned
Milestones:
Pre-construction Notification (PCN)/Form ENG 4345/Joint Application Form Received
Complete Pre-Construction Notification (PCN)/Application Received
Publication of Public Notice
Final Verification/Permit Decision Rendered
Endangered Species Act Consultation (NOAA-NMFS)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41)
Planned
Milestones:
Request for ESA Consultation Received
Consultation Package Deemed Complete – Formal
Conclusion of ESA Consultation
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Section 305 Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Consultation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41)
Planned
Milestones:
NOAA Initially Contacted Regarding EFH Consultation
NOAA Receives the Complete EFH Assessment to Initiate EFH Consultation
NOAA Issues a Response to the EFH Consultation Request
Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) Incidental Take Authorization – DOC - NOAA/NMFS
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41)
Planned
Milestones:
Complete Application Received
Publish Notice of Receipt in the Federal Register (FR)
Publish Proposed Incidental Take Authorization in the FR
Publish Final Incidental Take Authorization in the FR
Issue Letter of Authorization
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Planned
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
Scoping 
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register (FR) beginning both the public comment period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the FR beginning both the public review period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review 
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the FR
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the FR
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision 
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
Construction and Operations Plan
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Planned
Milestones:
Initial application received
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
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