US readies Mass. offshore sale

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) expects to hold commercial competitive lease sales for offshore wind energy off of Massachusetts towards the end of this year or in early 2015, director Tommy Beaudreau tells Recharge.

“We’re finalizing the proposed sale notice and trying to finalize what we think the leasing configuration should be. How to divvy that up in terms of how many leases should be issued,” he says.

The area is in federal waters on the outer continental shelf south of Martha’s Vineyard is 743,000 acres (3,006.8sq km). It is larger than tracts leased in 2013 off of Massachusetts-Rhode Island and Virginia, and another planned this summer facing Maryland's coast.

Ten private developers have indicated interest in obtaining commercial wind energy leases within the area, according to BOEM.