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The fourth New York task force meeting was held on April 28 in Garden City, NY.

BOEM provided an overview of recent and upcoming milestones and activities for considering wind energy development offshore New York. Specifically, BOEM presented the details of a draft Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) and Request for Interest (RFI) for Task Force review and comment. The PSN is a public notice that BOEM will publish later this year in the Federal Register for a 60-day public comment period that solicits public input on an offshore wind auction (i.e., lease sale) for an area in Federal waters offshore New York.

The agenda and meeting presentations can be found below:

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.

Environmental Review

In addition to publishing the Call, BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA). 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 or buoys) within the proposed area. Through the NOI, BOEM is seeking public input on the environmental and socioeconomic issues to be considered, as well as alternatives and mitigation measures. The NOI is provided below.

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 and Public Information 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.

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