In collaboration with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Portal now displays the latest maps of Active Renewable Energy Leases and BOEM Wind Planning Areas. Recent changes to these map layers include the assignment of a portion of Lease Area OCS-A 0486 to Deepwater Wind South Fork, LLC with the new lease number OCS-A 0517. Both lease areas continue to be owned by parent company Ørsted and the new lease is subject to all terms and conditions of the original lease. These layers are visible in the Energy and Infrastructure – Planning Areas Theme Map and in the Data Explorer.
Screenshot of Energy and Infrastructure – Planning Areas Theme Map
Also updated in the same theme map and in the Data Explorer are two layers depicting the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project Test Turbine Area and Transmission Line. The installation of these two turbines was completed on June 26, 2020, and represents the first offshore wind project installed in federal waters. The project will be fully operational in fall 2020.
Screenshot of Virginia Offshore Wind Research Area and Transmission Line