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AWC News: May 2012
Special Alert: Offshore Wind Transmission Project (AWC) Reaches Major Milestone with Department of Interior Action

Continuing its significant momentum supporting offshore wind energy and transmission, the Department of Interior (DOI) this week declared there to be no competitive interest for the use of certain areas of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to construct the offshore transmission system being proposed by the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC). After a year of intensive internal and public review by DOI, the decision allows the project to move forward in its permitting process.

"The Department of Interior has shown strong leadership on renewable energy projects, including offshore wind," AWC Chief Executive Officer Bob Mitchell said. "This decision is an important step to advancing what could be the world's first integrated electric transmission superhighway for offshore wind. Studies conducted in Europe and the UK show that a backbone grid is critical to the success of large-scale offshore wind and could reduce the cost of offshore wind by 25%."

A Determination of No Competitive Interest (DNCI) has been made by Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), after soliciting input from other potential competitors and the public. The DNCI issuance allows BOEM to grant the project a right-of-way (ROW) on the OCS once the environmental impact of the project is reviewed under NEPA, and with further public input. The lack of competitive interest means that the delays associated with an auction are avoided.

This milestone allows the AWC to proceed to intelligently plan for the backbone transmission system that is necessary for an entirely new robust offshore wind industry to develop in America.