On June 4, 2013, BOEM announced that a lease sale (i.e., auction) will be held on July 31 for a Wind Energy Area (WEA) offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts. This auction represents the first competitive lease sale for renewable energy on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
The WEA covers approximately 164,750 acres and is located about 9.2 nautical miles south of the Rhode Island coastline. BOEM is auctioning the area as two leases, referred to as the North Lease Area (Lease OCS-A0486) and the South Lease Area (Lease OCS-A0487). The North Lease Area consists of about 97,500 acres and the South Lease Area consists of about 67,250 acres. Updates on the lease sale will be provided later today.
Deepwater Wind New England, LLC is the provisional winner of the first-ever competitive lease sale for renewable energy in Federal waters! To access Department of Interior's press release, click here.