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offshore-wind-transmissionOffshore Wind Transmission Study

11/4/2014 - In this study commissioned by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), ESS and other partners examine the technical aspects of offshore wind transmission interconnection and analyze scenarios that minimize cost and environmental impact.



access-to-transmission-linesSecuring Long-Term Access to Transmission Lines

10/2/2014 - A major consideration for construction and maintenance of electric transmission facilities is providing access to each location. Learn more about the options and how to reduce costs and minimize environmental impacts.



energy facility sitingEnergy Facility Siting Relative to Federal Navigation Projects

11/8/2013 - In a presentation for the Environmental Business Council's 7th Annual Ocean Resource Management Conference, ESS engineers explain the challenges and possible solutions when developing energy facilities near Federal Navigation Projects.



energy in the northeastOverview of the Offshore Energy Sector in the United States

3/7/2013 - This overview of the offshore energy sector in the northeastern region of the United States was prepared by ESS for the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) as part of its support for ocean planning. It provides an overview of the current status of the energy sector in the northeast and incorporates interviews, surveys, and feedback from 25 energy sector leaders and representatives at a series of hands-on working sessions.


submarine-cable-embedmentSubmarine Cable Embedment: Integrating Suspended Sediment Modeling & Monitoring into the Regulatory Permit Process

1/11/2013 - Underwater cables are required for many energy infrastructure projects such as offshore wind farms, hydrokinetic projects, and point-to-point electric transmission projects. However, these projects introduce suspended sediment into the water column, which can have short-term effects on water quality and aquatic biota if not properly understood and managed. Project-specific data and accurate assessments are key to a successful installation.



critical-connection-for-offshore-windThe Critical Connection for Offshore Wind Integration

4/1/2011 - There are several obvious siting considerations when determining the best location for an offshore wind farm. Wind conditions, water depth, seabed geology, natural resources areas and visual impacts are all factors that can make or break a wind farm proposal. Equally critical, yet sometimes overlooked, are the transmission considerations.