The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has received two unsolicited requests from AW Hawaii Wind (AWH) to build a pair of 408 MW offshore wind farms, each consisting of 51 floating 8 MW turbines. The energy generated by the projects would be transmitted to Oahu by undersea cables.
BOEM notes that the AWH proposals – the Oahu Northwest Project and the Oahu South Project – are not in response to a formal call for interest. Receipt of an unsolicited lease request by BOEM is the earliest step in a process that includes environmental analysis and stakeholder engagement.
The agency notes that a Hawaii Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force meeting will be scheduled in the near future to discuss the lease requests and other topics.