Description: These data depict the location of facilities that generate electricity. The locations are created from the Environmental Protection Agency Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID). Only facilities in coastal states are shown. Contained within the database are records that define the fuel source and other characteristics of the facility that may benefit ocean planners. In some cases, the presence of a facility may indicate that certain power transmission infrastructure exists nearby. Absence of a facility or lack of sufficient capacity at a facility in a given area may also be an important characteristic in future energy planning activities.
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Copyright Text: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Description: The Deepwater Port Licensing Program is the application process designed to promote the construction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and oil deepwater ports. This license system was established by the Deepwater Port Act of 1974, as amended by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. MARAD DOT assesses the financial capability of potential licenses, prepares the project Record of Decision, and issues or denies the deepwater port license. If the license was denied, surrendered, or withdrawn they are not displayed in this layer. The licensed deepwater ports are listed below.
Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (Louisiana)
Neptune LNG (Massachusetts)
Northeast Gateway (Massachusetts)
Port Dolphin (Florida – Gulf of Mexico)
Gulf Gateway Energy Bridge (Louisiana)
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Copyright Text: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration
Description: Historical lighthouses along our coasts often have strong cultural significance. Many of these structures still stand and a few are still operational. Some of these are protected and serve as tourist attractions. Planners might want to consider the view from these historical buildings when considering development of structures within sight of the top of the lighthouse. This dataset includes lighthouses and their heights in coastal areas of the United States (including Puerto Rico) that may or may not be official or active aids for navigation. Not for navigation.
Description: This data represents pending or issued preliminary permits or issued licenses for marine hydrokinetic projects that produce energy from waves or directly from the flow of water in ocean currents or tides. The status of these projects is administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This dataset excludes any sites considered inland. Listings found for maximum capacity and average annual production are estimates obtained from applications submitted to FERC by the licensee. Actual numbers upon build-out could vary.
Preliminary permits maintain priority of application for a license for up to three years while a potential license applicant explores project feasibility and prepares a license application, but do not authorize construction, operation, or maintenance of a hydropower project. Although studies are often carried out while potential applicants hold preliminary permits, the permits do not authorize any activity or site access. Such permissions must be obtained from the appropriate authority. In some cases, potential license applicants can obtain a successive permit if they have pursued the preparation of a license application in good faith and with due diligence. Only a small portion of preliminary permits lead to licenses.
Description: These data represent coastal bathymetric depth, measured in meters at depth values of -30, -60, and -900. Technology has been demonstrated on a commercial scale in shallow zone depths (0-30m) with foundation types including monopile, gravity base, and suction buckets designs. In the transition zone (30-60m), technology has not been demonstrated on a commercial scale. However, several small scale projects have been successfully installed and commissioned, with foundation types including tripod, jacket, and tripile designs. Several pilot projects have been successfully demonstrated in the deepwater zone (60 - 900m), with foundation types including spar, semi-submersible, and tension leg platform designs.
Name: DOD Offshore Wind Mission Compatibility Assessments
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Description: This data set represents the results of analyses conducted by the Department of Defense to assess the compatibility of offshore wind development with military assets and activities. The assessments were developed for the renewable energy task force process being led by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The task force process is being carried out as part of the offshore renewable energy rule that stems from authority granted to BOEM for leasing Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lands for energy development and allows government agencies with an interest in activities on the OCS to provide information describing their existing activities. These data should not be used to infer compatibility or conflict between military assets or activities with any use other than offshore wind. The data set contains 4 categories of OCS lease blocks:
No Restrictions - No significant conflicts with offshore wind development were identified. Site Specific Stipulations - Potential conflicts exist and may require site specific measures be developed to avoid or limit impacts to military assets or activities.
Recommended Wind Exclusion - Significant conflicts exist between offshore wind and military assets or activities. Not Assessed - Areas without a red, yellow, or green color fill have not been assessed for compatibility with offshore wind.