Permitting & Documents

Stay informed – your input is valued

SouthCoast Wind requires local, state, and federal permits and approvals for its onshore, nearshore and offshore facilities and activities.

The regulatory review process involves numerous public meetings and comment periods, under the direction of lead federal and state agencies listed below, where citizens can provide input on various aspects of the project.

Permitting updates

There are no notices at this time. Please check back as this page is updated frequently.

Federal permitting

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages the responsible development of the nation’s offshore energy and mineral resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Construction and Operations Plan (COP)

SouthCoast Wind submitted its COP in February 2021. BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the COP in the Federal Register on November 1, 2021.

COP Volume 1: SouthCoast COP Volume I Rev F

COP Volume 2: SouthCoast COP Volume II Rev F

APPENDICES

Economic Benefits

BB – Economic Development Benefits

Electric and Magnetic Fields

P1 – EMF Assessment Report

P2 – HVDC EMF Assessment

Fisheries and Aquatic

K – Seagrass and Macroalgae Report

L1 – Offshore Designated Protected Areas Report

M – Benthic and Shellfish Resources Characterization Report

N – Essential Fish Habitat and Protected Fish Species Assessment

O – Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Monitoring and Mitigation Plan

U2 – Underwater Acoustic Report

F1 – Sediment Plume Impacts from Construction Activities

F2 – Scour Potential Impacts from Operational Phase and Post-Construction Infrastructure

H – Water Quality Report

Navigation

Y2 – Air Traffic Flow Analysis

Y3 – ADLS Efficacy Analysis

Y4 – Radar and Navigational Aid Screening Study

X – Navigation Safety Risk Assessment

Y1 – Obstruction Evaluation & Airspace Analysis

Noise

U1 – In-Air Acoustic Assessment Report

Onshore Vegetation and Wildlife

I1 – Avian Exposure Risk Assessment

I2 – Bat Risk Assessment

J – Terrestrial Vegetation and Wildlife Assessment Report

L2 – Onshore Protected Lands Report

Visual

T – Visual Impact Assessment

T1 – Cape Cod Onshore Simulations

T2 – Martha’s Vineyard Simulations

T3 – Nantucket Simulations

SouthCoast Wind Offshore Wind farm 24-hour time lapse video simulation with ADLS

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

In February 2023, BOEM published SouthCoast Wind’s DEIS. A 75-day public comment period began on February 17, 2023. BOEM held three virtual public comment meetings during this period. The input received via this process will inform preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

The full DEIS and more information is available in the BOEM Virtual Meeting Room.

Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC)

The State of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Council is a management agency with regulatory functions. Its primary responsibility is for the preservation, protection, development and where possible the restoration of the coastal areas of the state via the implementation of its integrated and comprehensive coastal management plans and the issuance of permits for work within the coastal zone of the state.

SouthCoast Wind Federal Consistency Determination

RI CZMA Consistency Certification – Brayton Point

RI CRMC Federal Consistency Decision

Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)

The Office of Coastal Zone Management is the lead policy, planning, and technical assistance agency on coastal and ocean issues within the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and implements the state’s coastal program under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act.

MA CZMA Consistency Certification – Brayton Point

MA CZMA Consistency Certification – Falmouth

State permitting

RHODE ISLAND – SOUTHCOAST WIND 1

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Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board (RI EFSB)

The Energy Facility Siting Board is a part of state government and consists of three members, the Chair of the Public Utilities Commission, the Director of the Department of Environmental Management and the Associate Director of Administration for Planning.

RI EFSB Petition Volume 1 – SCW 1

RI EFSB Petition Volume 2 [Figures and Attachments] – SCW 1

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM)

MASSACHUSETTS – SOUTHCOAST WIND 1

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Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)

MassDEP’s mission is to protect and enhance the Commonwealth’s natural resources – air, water, and land – to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of all people, and to ensure a clean and safe environment for future generations. In carrying out this mission MassDEP commits to address and advance environmental justice and equity for all people of the Commonwealth, and to provide meaningful, inclusive opportunities for people to participate in agency decisions that affect their lives.​

Chapter 91 Wetlands & Waterways

Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (MA EFSB)

The Energy Facilities Siting Board is an independent state board that reviews proposed large energy facilities including power plants, electric transmission lines, intra-state natural gas pipelines, and natural gas storage tanks.

MA EFSB Petition Volume 1

MA EFSB Petition Volume 2 [Figures and Attachments]

Zoning Petition – Somerset

EFSB Appearance of Counsel

Draft Notice of Adjudication

Final Notice of Adjudication

Section 69J Petition

Section 72 Petition

DPU Appearance of Counsel

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office

The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act review process provides meaningful opportunities for public review of the potential environmental impacts of Projects for which certain actions by the state are required, and to assist each Agency in using all feasible means to avoid damage to the environment or, to the extent damage to the environment cannot be avoided, to minimize and mitigate damage to the environment to the maximum extent practicable.

Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice Populations Map

English MEPA EJ Screening Form

Portuguese MEPA EJ Screening Form

Spanish MEPA EJ Screening Form

Cape Verdean MEPA EJ Screening Form


Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)

DEIR Compiled

DEIR Front Matter Text Compiled

Attachments

A1 – Project Figures

A2 – Project Figures Referenced

B-D – Preliminary Engineering Drawings, Benthic Habitat Mapping Report (confidential), Log of Agency Meetings and Consultations

E – Traffic Analysis Report

F-H – USEPA EJ Reports, Magnetic Field Analysis Report, Emergency Response Plan

I – Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport Modeling Report

J-L – Erosion and Sediment Control Measures, NHESP Consultation, Fisheries Communications Plan, Commercial and Recreational Fisheries Report

M-Q – Inadvertent Release of Drilling Muds Contingency Plan, Plan for the Discovery of Unanticipated Terrestrial Archaeological Resources (confidential), Updated RMAT Report, ENF Certificate and Comment Letters, Circulation List


Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR)

FEIR Front Matter Text Compiled

Attachments

A – Project Figures

B – Updated Log of Agency Meetings and Consultations

C – Technical Memorandum – Air Emissions and Environmental Justice

D – MassDEP Stormwater Checklist (Draft)

F – Fisheries Monitoring Plan

G – Certificate on the DEIR and Comment Letters

H – Operational Noise Report

I – Circulation List


Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Report (SFEIR)

SFEIR MEPA Certification

SFEIR Front Matter Text Compiled

Index of SFEIR Scope

Attachments

A – Project Figures

B – HDD Preliminary Engineering Plans

C – USFWS Biological Opinion

D – CMP Elements

E – Construction Noise Report

G – FEIR Certificate and Comment Letters

H – Circulation List

I – RR EFSB 32

J – ASTM Phase I ESA POWER

K – Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Report

L1 – Fisheries Monitoring (Rev C)

L2 – Fisheries Monitoring Plan Rev C

MASSACHUSETTS – SOUTHCOAST WIND 2

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Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board

The Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) is an independent state board that reviews proposed large energy facilities including power plants, electric transmission lines, intra-state natural gas pipelines, and natural gas storage tanks.

MA EFSB Petition Volume 1 – Falmouth

MA EFSB Petition Volume 2 [Figures and Attachments] – Falmouth

Zoning Petition – Falmouth

EFSB and DPU Appearance of Counsel – Falmouth

Draft Notice of Adjudication – Falmouth

Final Notice of Adjudication – Falmouth

Section 69J Petition – Falmouth

Section 72 Petition – Falmouth

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office

The purpose of Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act review process is to provide meaningful opportunities for public review of the potential environmental impacts of Projects for which certain actions by the state are required, and to assist each Agency in using all feasible means to avoid damage to the environment or, to the extent damage to the environment cannot be avoided, to minimize and mitigate damage to the environment to the maximum extent practicable.

Environmental Notification Form (ENF)

ENF Certificate – Falmouth

ENF Full – Falmouth