We received the following notification from BOEM regarding updates to the Offshore Wind Farm:
On June 24, 2016, BOEM published a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) and a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA). BOEM will use the information and expressions of interest received during the Call comment period to gather information about potential multiple uses and environmental concerns. BOEM received an expression of interest from one additional wind developer during the Call comment period. Prior to the Call, BOEM received a total of three unsolicited wind energy lease requests from two potential wind developers.
A summary of the commercial wind interest offshore Hawaii can now be viewed as an update to our website at www.boem.gov/Hawaii. Public comments in response to the Call can be viewed online at www.Regulations.gov. Enter docket number "BOEM 2016-0036" in search bar and click on "Open Docket Folder" link and follow the instructions to view comments.
The next step of the planning and leasing process is referred to as Area Identification. During this stage, BOEM balances competing uses, environmental concerns, and the proposed area's potential for commercial wind development, with the goal being the identification of one or more areas suitable for offshore wind leasing. The EA is ongoing and will be informed by the information obtained during the scoping comment period.