On April 30, 2024, the Interior Department announced its proposal for an offshore wind energy auction in the Gulf of Maine. The proposed sale would include eight lease areas offshore Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, totaling nearly one million acres, which have the potential to generate approximately 15 GW of clean, renewable energy and power for over five million homes.     

On May 1, 2024, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) in the Federal Register, initiating a 60-day public comment period ending on July 1, 2024. To comment on the PSN, go here and search for docket number BOEM-2024-0026.

BOEM will hold an auction seminar for prospective bidders, which will be open to the public. Registration is encouraged at Gulf of Maine Auction Seminar, June 18, 2024, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Eastern). Register here.

The seminar will describe the auction format, explain the auction rules, and demonstrate the auction process through meaningful examples. Because of recent changes to the auction system, all potential bidders are encouraged to attend, even if they have participated in previous auctions.  

More information about the Gulf of Maine proposed sale can be found here.