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US BOEM defines area for potential wind energy development offshore New York

CTBR Staff Writer Published 17 March 2016

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), a division of the US Department of the Interior (DOI), has defined an area of 81,130 acres south of Long Island, New York state, for offshore wind energy development.

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Later this year, the BOEM will complete an environmental assessment of the Wind Energy Area to identify potential impacts associated with issuing a lease.

It will consider the impacts of carrying out surveys and installing resource assessment facilities in the area. The bureau will then move forward with a competitive lease sale.

The agency said it will continue to work with the state of New York to further identify any additional areas for potential wind energy projects in the future.

The announcement is part of the US President Barack Obama administration's Climate Action Plan, which aims to develop domestic clean energy sources and reduce carbon pollution.

US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said: "New York has tremendous offshore wind potential, and today's milestone marks another important step in the President's strategy to tap clean, renewable energy from the Nation's vast wind and solar resources.

"We will continue to work with the State and local stakeholders through a collaborative effort as we determine what places have the highest potential and lowest conflict to harness the enormous wind energy potential off the Atlantic seaboard."

In 2011, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) submitted an application for a commercial wind lease for an offshore wind farm of up to 194 turbines and a capacity of about 700MW.

The proposal prompted the issuance by BOEM of a request for interest to identify if there were other parties interested in developing commercial wind facilities off Long Island.

The agency identified that competitive interest existed in the area and started the leasing process.


Image: The BOEM has defined an area of 81,130 acres south of Long Island, New York state, for offshore wind energy development. Photo: courtesy of US Department of Interior.