Included here, in a searchable database, are all of our news articles for the last two years.

Use the search filter to select news items by date, by state, by category and also by a specific search term – e.g. “FERC” or “Ørsted”.

For the ‘category’ search: We have divided news items into one (or sometimes more) of three categories.
1. State.  If the news refers to a single state only, this category applies
2. Offshore. If the news relates to the entire offshore sector, for instance BOEM announcing a new leasing round, it is filed under this category
3. Policy.  Where the item doesn’t relate directly to either a state or to the offshore sector (for instance tariffs on wind components or a FERC decision) it is filed under policy

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State: MA
Category: Offshore
Subject: Stakeholders
Avangrid announced Wednesday that it has finalized an agreement to manage and operate the 800-MW Vineyard Wind 1 project when it begins operations in 2023. Co-owned with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, the project off the coast of Massachusetts will be the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the United States.

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State: NJ, NY
Category: Offshore
Subject: Environmental Justice/Minorities, Stakeholders
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will conduct a regional environmental review of six lease areas offshore New York and New Jersey, in an area known as the New York Bight.  

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Category: Offshore, Policy, State
Subject: Manpower, Stakeholders, Unions
Unions are positioning themselves as a key part of the Biden administration’s goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, pushing for worker-focused mandates while fielding questions about how it can be done, particularly in the waters off less union-friendly states.

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State: RI
Category: Offshore
Subject: Manpower, Stakeholders, Unions
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined representatives of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce and the offshore wind industry to announce $375,000 in federal funding for the creation of a new offshore wind energy Career and Technical Education (CTE) certification through the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).  The Congressionally Directed Spending request submitted by Whitehouse was included in the omnibus bill that President Joe Biden signed into law in March.

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State: VA
Category: Offshore, State
Subject: General, Policy: Federal, Policy: State, Stakeholders
A partnership announced last week between the federal government and 11 East Coast states that aims to speed up offshore wind development has one noticeable absence: Virginia.

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Category: Offshore
Subject: Environmental Justice/Minorities, General, Manpower, Manufacturing, Stakeholders, Unions
A first of its kind in the U.S., offshore wind developer Ørsted and North America’s Building and Trade Unions (NABTU) have agreed to a “historic” national project labor agreement (PLA) for offshore wind projects along the Atlantic Coast. The agreement sets better standards for working conditions, equity, and pay standards, a livable wage in an industry that is flourishing.

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State: ME
Category: Offshore, Policy, State
Subject: General, Policy: State, Stakeholders
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) plans to hold the next Gulf of Maine Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force meeting on 19 May as part of the agency’s work on refining the process for identifying a Wind Energy Area in the Gulf of Maine that is suitable for leasing.

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State: RI
Category: Offshore, State
Subject: Stakeholders
A seven-year-long study, the first of its kind in the United States, titled, “Demersal fish and invertebrate catches relative to construction and operation of North America’s first offshore wind farm,” was published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science on March 29. It found no negative short or long-term impacts on local fish population’s size or health.

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State: MA
Category: Offshore
Subject: Manpower, Stakeholders
Vineyard Wind continues to secure partners as it begins preparations for constructing the first US large-scale offshore wind farm, as it has selected Semco Maritime as its preferred supplier for maintenance of foundations and sub-stations. Semco has also announced it will establish an office in New Bedford and hire 40 local employees to set up its service and maintenance activities on the project.

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