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On June 2, 2016, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced the proposed lease sale and Environmental Assessment for 81,130 acres offshore New York for commercial wind energy leasing.

Proposed Sale Notice. BOEM published a “Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore New York” in the Federal Register on June 6, 2016, which includes a 60-day public comment period ending on August 5, 2016.

Correspondence Referenced in the PSN:

Comments received or postmarked by August 5, 2016 will be made available to the public and considered before the publication of the Final Sale Notice, which will announce the time and date of the lease sale.

Comments may be submitted by one of two methods:

  1. Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. In the entry entitled, “Enter Keyword or ID,” enter BOEM-2016-0038, then click “search.” Follow the instructions to submit public comments.

  2. Mail or deliver in an envelope labeled "Comments on New York PSN” to:
    BOEM Office of Renewable Energy Programs
    45600 Woodland Road, VAM-OREP
    Sterling, Virginia, 20166

BOEM will host a public seminar Wednesday, June 29, 2016 in New York City to describe the auction format, explain the auction rules, and demonstrate the auction process through meaningful examples. It will be followed by a public meeting on BOEM’s planning and leasing efforts regarding New York offshore wind energy activities.

More information is provided below:

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
TKP New York Conference Center, Empire A Room
109 W 39th St.
New York, NY 10018
Auction Seminar: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Public Meeting:5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Environmental Assessment. In addition to the PSN, BOEM published an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a 30-day public comment period. The EA considers potential impacts associated with issuing a lease, associated surveys, and approving the installation of resource assessment facilities (i.e., meteorological tower and/or buoys) in the area. BOEM may move forward with steps to hold a competitive lease sale for commercial wind development offshore New York once public comments are considered, and the EA and associated consultations are concluded.

Comments received or postmarked by July 6, 2016 will be made available to the public and considered before the publication of the revised EA. BOEM will also consider these comments in determining whether to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact, or conduct additional analysis under NEPA.

Comments may be submitted by one of two methods:

  1. Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. In the entry entitled, “Enter Keyword or ID,” enter BOEM-2016-0038, then click “search.” Follow the instructions to submit public comments.

  2. Mail or deliver in an envelope labeled "Comments on New York EA” to:
    BOEM Office of Renewable Energy Programs
    45600 Woodland Road, VAM-OREP
    Sterling, Virginia, 20166

BOEM will hold public meetings in June to provide an overview of the EA findings and offer additional opportunities for public comments. BOEM's public meetings will be held at the following locations: Long Branch, NJ (June 20, 2016), Hempstead, NY (June 21, 2016), Westhampton Beach, NY (June 22, 2016), Narragansett, RI (June 23, 2016), and New Bedford, MA (June 27, 2016).

Overview

The New York Power Authority (NYPA), Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and Consolidated Edison (ConEd) worked together to propose an offshore wind power project south of Long Island, approximately 13 miles off Rockaway Peninsula.

On September 8, 2011, BOEM received an unsolicited request for a commercial lease from NYPA. The proposal includes the installation of up to 194, 3.6 megawatt (MW) wind turbines, yielding a potential 700 MW of wind energy generation. A copy of the application is available below.

On Jan. 4 2013, BOEM issued a Request for Interest in the Federal Register under Docket ID: BOEM-2012-0083 to assess whether there are other parties interested in developing commercial wind facilities in the same area proposed by NYPA.  In addition to inquiring about competitive interest, BOEM also sought public comment on the NYPA proposal, its potential environmental consequences, and the use of the area in which the proposed project would be located.

  • Public comments and indications of interest received can be viewed here.
  • BOEM received indications of interest from Fishermen’s Energy, LLC and Energy Management, Inc.

Call for Information and Nominations

After reviewing nominations of interest received in response to the Request for Interest, BOEM determined that competitive interest in the area proposed by NYPA exists, and initiated the competitive leasing process pursuant to 30 C.F.R. 585.211. Subsequently, on May 28, 2014, BOEM published a “Call for Information and Nominations” (Call) to seek additional nominations from companies interested in commercial wind energy leases within the Call area offshore New York (see map below). BOEM also sought public input on the potential for wind development in the Call Area, including comments on site conditions, resources, and existing uses of the area that would be relevant to BOEM’s wind energy development authorization process. BOEM is now in the Area Identification stage of the leasing process, during which BOEM will identify areas for environmental analysis and consideration for leasing. Materials relating to the “Call” are below.

Proposed Sale Notice

BOEM published a “Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore New York” in the Federal Register on June 6, 2016, which includes a 60-day public comment period ending on August 5, 2016.

Correspondence Referenced in the PSN:

Comments received or postmarked by August 5, 2016 will be made available to the public and considered before the publication of the Final Sale Notice, which will announce the time and date of the lease sale.

Environmental Review

BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) on May 28, 2014. The purpose of the EA is to determine whether there are significant impacts associated with issuing a lease, conducting site characterization surveys, and conducting site assessment activities (e.g., the installation of a meteorological tower and/or buoys) within the proposed area. Through the NOI, BOEM sought public input on the environmental and socioeconomic issues to be considered, as well as alternatives and mitigation measures. The NOI and public comments are provided below.

BOEM published an EA for a 30-day public comment period on June 6, 2016. BOEM may move forward with steps to hold a competitive lease sale for commercial wind development offshore New York once public comments are considered, and the EA and associated consultations are concluded.

Visual Simulations

BOEM has undertaken a project to develop visual simulations of a hypothetical wind energy facility on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Long Island, New York. Additional information on the study can be found here.

Wind Energy Area Identification

On March 16, 2016, the Department of Interior announced that BOEM has identified a Wind Energy Area (WEA) offshore New York. The WEA’s closest point to shore is 11 nautical miles (nmi) from Long Beach, NY. From its western edge, the area extends approximately 26 nmi southeast at its longest portion. The project area consists of 5 full OCS blocks and 148 sub-blocks. The entire area is approximately 127 square miles, 81,130 acres, or 32,832 hectares.

Additional information about BOEM’s decision can be found below.

Environmental Studies

BOEM has funded or considered numerous studies to collect information about the marine environment to support decisions concerning offshore renewable energy development. For more information, please visit http://www.boem.gov/New-York-Environmental-Studies/.

Task Force Meetings

BOEM coordinates Outer Continental Shelf renewable energy activities offshore New York with its federal, state, local, and tribal government partners through its Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force. To obtain information discussed during these meetings click on the links below.

Other Public Meetings

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