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March 10 Newsletter, DOE NEPA Scoping Session Follow-up

In this newsletter, a brief update is provided following the recent U.S. Department of Energy NEPA Scoping Sessions held last week in St. George and on Monhegan Island. MAV also provided a printable copy of our commitment to island and coastal communities.

Click here to view the MAV newsletter from March 10, 2017.

DOE NEPA Scoping Sessions, St. George and Monhegan Island

Maine Aqua Ventus (MAV) and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) team held public scoping sessions in St. George and on Monhegan Island. Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry also participated in the meetings. We would like to thank all those who attended for their interest in the project and productive feedback.

DOE has posted the scoping session presentation to their Project website, and the notes and meeting recording will be posted. The website also includes additional information on public comment opportunities. DOE welcomes your input on DOE’s Proposed Action, alternatives, and environmental issues to be reviewed in the Project Environmental Assessment (EA).

To ensure DOE receives your written comments in time for consideration in preparation of the draft EA, please provide them on or before March 22, 2017.

The DOE NEPA Project website is: https://www.energy.gov/nepa/ea-2049-university-maine-s-new-england-aqua-ventus-1-offshore-wind-advanced-technology


Our Commitment to Island and Coastal Communities

Our Commitment to Island and Coastal CommunitiesMAV is committed to responsible offshore development in a manner that includes involvement and guidance by local communities and marine users. MAV understands the economic and cultural significance of our coastal and island communities and neighboring waters. Our measured and informed approach to offshore wind development is intended to minimize potential risks or adverse effects on existing industries and the natural environment.

We are committed to:

  • Frequent and transparent outreach with communities and existing marine users
  • A two-turbine demonstration project within the University of Maine Deepwater Offshore Wind Test Site at Monhegan Island for evaluating technology, monitoring the environment, and developing best practices for coexistence with marine users
  • An emphasis on local economic development opportunities
  • Future use of UMaine’s VolturnUS floating technology only in commercial projects located more than 10 miles from Monhegan, other inhabited Maine islands, and the mainland coast.

To download a printable copy of this commitment, visit this link.