The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued a Final Sale Notice, setting December 15 as the date for auctioning the right to lease sites in federal waters off New York for commercial offshore wind development.
The U.S. federal government is pursuing a national strategy to facilitate the domestic development of offshore wind energy. Under federal law, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is responsible for administering renewable energy project development on the offshore Outer Continental Shelf. The strategy calls for BOEM to identify areas suitable for wind energy leasing, and to then offer leases through auctions or other sales.
BOEM is now moving forward with plans to auction leasing rights for an area offshore New York. In June 2016, BOEM first issued a Proposed Sale Notice for leasing rights off New York.
On October 27, 2016, BOEM announced the designation of a final New York Wind Energy Area, starting approximately 11.5 nautical miles from Jones Beach, NY, and running approximately 24 nm southeast. The final New York Wind Energy Area differs from BOEM’s earlier leasing proposal primarily in its removal of about 1,780 acres due to environmental concerns over sensitive habitat on a feature called Cholera Bank.
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