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March 23, 2016

DOI Announces Milestone for Wind Energy Development Off New York's Shore

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) on March 16 announced a major step in spurring wind energy development in federal waters off the shore of New York. DOI's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has defined a Wind Energy Area (WEA) about 11 miles south of Long Island, totaling approximately 81,130 acres, for potential commercial wind energy development.

BOEM will now complete an environmental assessment 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.

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 WEA offshore Rhode Island-Massachusetts, another three offshore Massachusetts, one offshore Delaware, two offshore Maryland, and one offshore Virginia. See the DOI news release.