Energy & Facilities Branch
With no regional gas, oil, or coal resources, the supply of energy to the northeast is critical to the economic health and stability of the region. The First Coast Guard District, plays an important role to ensure the safety and security of vital maritime energy supplies to the region.
The northeast has lead the nation in experience with Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Deliveries. LNG has been delivered to the Distrigas facility in Everett, MA since 1971. Today, there are 7 new proposed LNG sites within the First District, including two “Deepwater Ports” and one Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) to receive and vaporize LNG for New England pipelines.
Renewable energy projects are also a promising part of the northeast region’s energy supply mix. To harness wind energy, Nantucket Sound has been proposed by Cape Wind Associates, LLC as the site for the nation’s first offshore wind farm. This project will serve to define many issues about the permitting and review process for Offshore Renewable Energy Initiative (OREI) sites.
Another type of renewable energy initiative captures the power of swift moving currents driven by the tides. Roosevelt Island in the East River of New York City is the location for a demonstration project of underwater current turbines that deliver electricity to the grid.
The Energy and Facilities Branch was created to coordinate First District activities with respect to LNG and OREI projects including the role of cooperating agency for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-lead and Maritime Commission (MARAD)-lead LNG projects and as a cooperating agency with the Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) for OREI projects.
For more information, please contact the Energy and Facilities Branch at 617-223-8372 or 617-223-8272