May 17, 2024 – Shipping Safety Fairways Along the Atlantic Coast Comments

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On Friday, May 17, 2023, ACP, the Oceantic Network, New Jersey Offshore Wind Alliance, Southeastern Wind Coalition, New York Offshore Wind Alliance, and the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition submitted comments to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Shipping Safety Fairways Along the Atlantic Coast.

In the comments, we specifically ask USCG to:

  • Scale back the average width of the Fairways and tailor their sizes to demonstrated needs;
  • Not adopt prescriptive buffers;
  • Adopt Fairways that do not obstruct the ability to meet the nation’s offshore wind development objectives, in specific consideration of the cumulative state offshore wind energy development goals and mandates;
  • Consider an illustrative alternative presented by ACP which would allow for more sea space to be considered for future potential offshore wind power development (map below)
  • Better assess costs incurred by the NPRM; and
  • Complete a statement of energy effects under EO 13211
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