BOEM Extends Comment Period for Seeking Information and Industry Interest in Offshore Wind Energy Development within the New York Bight Region

05-22-2018

Contacts:  Stephen Boutwell
703 -787-1531

BOEM today announced the agency will now accept comments through July 30, 2018 for information and nominations for offshore wind energy development within the New York Bight region. In addition, BOEM will be working with affected states in the New York Bight to plan additional stakeholder engagement opportunities with key stakeholder groups, such as commercial and recreational fisheries and the maritime navigation community.  

On April 11, 2018, BOEM issued a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the New York Bight. This region represents an area of shallow waters between Long Island (to the north and east) and the New Jersey coast (to the south and west). 

In addition to nominations, BOEM seeks public input on the potential for wind energy development in the Call Area. This includes site conditions, resources, and multiple uses in close proximity to, or within, the Call Areas that would be relevant to BOEM’s review of any nominations submitted, as well as BOEM’s subsequent decision whether to offer all or part of the Call Areas for commercial wind leasing. That notice originally had a comment period deadline of May 29, 2018. 

As a result of stakeholder requests for an extension of the comment period, BOEM will be accepting comments on the Call for Information and Nominations through July 30, 2018.  A Federal Register notice regarding the deadline change will be published in the near future. 

Stakeholders should submit comments electronically or postmarked no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 30, 2018 via the following.  

  • Electronicallyhttp://www.regulations.gov. In the entry titled ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID,’’ search for BOEM– 2018-0004.  Follow the instructions to submit public comments in response to this document. 
  • Written Comments: U.S.  Postal Service or other delivery service.  Send your comments and information to the following address:

Office of Renewable Energy Programs
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
45600 Woodland Road
VAM-OREP
Sterling, Virginia 20166

For more information on the Call for Information and Nominations within the NY Bight, please visit our website at https://www.boem.gov/NY-Bight/.