Offshore Wind Regional Collaboration
There is extensive state and federal activity related to planning and siting offshore wind in the Mid-Atlantic. The Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Regional Collaborative (OWRC) provides a forum for interested MACO members to share and receive information about meetings and decision points related to offshore wind in the Mid-Atlantic.
Throughout the year, the OWRC regularly convenes to facilitate inter-agency information, will hold webinar(s) when timely topics arise and identifies opportunities to expand inter-regional coordination on transmission challenges.
The OWRC also works with the Ocean Mapping Data Team (OMDT) and other offshore wind work groups to identify data needs and how to obtain those data, compiles information about best practices and identifies issues that would benefit from closer collaboration that are not already being addressed by other offshore wind working groups in the region.
The Offshore Wind Regional Collaboration was cooperatively formed by MACO members, and is currently led by:
Offshore Wind Transmission Story Map Mini-Series
A two-part miniseries of “Ocean Stories” features on the MARCO Portal offers an educational look at the basics of offshore wind energy transmission siting. Created by members of the Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean’s offshore wind work group, the first installment introduces the planning considerations involved with designing power cables in federal waters while part II looks at the design and construction process for a cable connecting to two active turbines off Virginia Beach. (Non-mobile device recommended for best viewing of scrolling data maps.)
Offshore Wind Transmission Webinar Series
As the offshore wind industry develops in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic US, there has been increased focus on the importance of critical transmission infrastructure. Transmission is regulated and managed onshore and offshore by multiple state and federal agencies, as well as regional entities. MARCO partnered with the Regional Ocean Partnership in the Northeast, the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, to host a webinar series to build an understanding of the current framework for transmission planning on land, and issues that are emerging as that
planning extends offshore.
MACO Ocean Forum
The MACO Committee convenes an annual Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum, as resources allow, as a venue for regional information sharing, coordination and collaboration, and to enhance the region’s ability to leverage existing efforts and information across multiple state and federal government agencies, federally-recognized tribes, non-governmental entities and ocean stakeholders. The OWRC regularly engages in the Ocean Forum planning process to provide expertise on offshore wind energy content.
Federal and Regional Renewable Energy Resources
Disclaimer: The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean does not necessarily endorse any state, federal or regional organization’s renewable energy goals or activities. This list is for informational purposes only.