The Interior Department on March 16 dedicated more than 125 square miles for commercial wind power development off the coast of Long Island, advancing a renewable energy initiative proposed by several New York utilities in 2011.
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), New York Power Authority, and Con Edison initially proposed the project to Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in 2011, which would include up to 200 turbines generating about 700 MW of energy.
BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper made the announcement in a March 16 news release.
To date, BOEM has issued 11 commercial wind energy leases off the Atlantic coast. These include two leases offshore New Jersey stemming from last November’s competitive lease sale. Other commercial leases include two in a wind energy area offshore Rhode Island-Massachusetts, another three offshore Massachusetts, one offshore Delaware, two offshore Maryland and one offshore Virginia.
BOEM will now complete an Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine potential impacts associated with issuing a lease. The assessment will also consider the impacts of conducting surveys and installing resource assessment facilities in the area.
BOEM may then move forward with steps to hold a competitive lease sale for commercial wind development offshore New York.
BOEM will continue to work with the State of New York to identify additional areas for potential wind energy development in the future. Such areas will provide more opportunities for the development of offshore wind projects and allow developers and BOEM more flexibility when considering additional commercial wind energy projects.
Additional information about the Wind Energy Area and BOEM’s commercial wind energy leasing efforts offshore New York can be found at: www.boem.gov/New-York