Atlantic Shores

On September 30, 2021, BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind projects offshore New Jersey. The following documents are available for viewing:

The NOI initiates a 30-day public comment period that ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on November 1, 2021. During the public comment period, BOEM will be hosting three virtual scoping meetings where you can learn more about project, ask questions, and provide oral testimony.

The virtual scoping meetings will be held on:

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET
  • Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM ET
  • Monday, October 25, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET

For more information and to register for a meeting, please see: Atlantic Shores Virtual Meeting Room.

Next Steps

Following the comment period, BOEM will publish a scoping report and use the comments received during the public scoping process to help identify important resources and issues, impact-producing factors, reasonable alternatives for consideration, and potential mitigating measures that should be analyzed in the Atlantic Shores Draft EIS.

How to Comment

Comments can be submitted in any of the following ways: 
 
During any of the virtual public meetings, you may provide oral testimony. BOEM will limit such testimony to five minutes per speaker. Any speaker who wishes to provide more information than the five minutes allowed is encouraged to do so as a written comment.   
 
In written form, delivered by mail or delivery service, enclosed in an envelope labeled, “Atlantic Shores Wind COP EIS” and addressed to Program Manager, Office of Renewable Energy, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, Virginia 20166; or 
 
Through the regulations.gov web portal:  Navigate to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket No. BOEM-2021-0057. Select the document in the search results on which you want to comment, click on the “Comment” button, and follow the online instructions for submitting your comment. A commenter's checklist is available on the comment webpage. Enter your information and comment, then click “Submit”.
 
BOEM does not consider anonymous comments. Please include your name and address as part of your submittal. All comments submitted will be made part of the public record and will be posted publicly without change. Comments must be sent by or postmarked no later than 11:59 PM on November 1, 2021.

Through a competitive leasing process under 30 CFR 585.211, BOEM awarded US Wind, LLC Commercial Lease OCS-A 0499 covering an area offshore New Jersey (the Lease Area) which was subsequently assigned to EDF Renewables Development, Inc. on November 16, 2018, and then to Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC on August 13, 2019.  Atlantic Shores has the exclusive right to submit a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) for activities within the Lease Area, and has submitted a COP to BOEM proposing the construction and installation, operations and maintenance, and conceptual decommissioning of two offshore wind energy projects in the southern portion of the Lease Area.

Construction and Operations Plan

In its COP, Atlantic Shores is proposing the construction and operation of two distinct offshore wind energy projects. Combined, both projects would include up to 200 total wind turbine generators (WTGs) (between 105-136 WTGs for the first facility and between 64-95 WTGs for the second facility), up to 10 offshore substations (also called “electrical service platforms”) (up to five in each facility), one  meteorological (met) tower, up to four temporary meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) buoys (up to one met-tower and three met buoys in the first facility and one met-buoy in the second facility), inter-array cables, up to two onshore substations, one operations and maintenance facility, and up to eight transmission cables making landfall at two New Jersey locations: the Atlantic Landfall site in Atlantic City, New Jersey and/or Monmouth Landfall site in Sea Girt, New Jersey.  

Atlantic Shores has proposed using foundations that are a combination of gravity based, jacket, monopiles, and/or suction bucket. The wind turbine generators, offshore substations, array cables, and substation interconnector cables would be located on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) approximately 8.7 miles from the New Jersey shoreline at is closest point. The offshore export cables would be buried below the seabed of both the OCS and New Jersey state waters. 

Upon conclusion of environmental reviews and consultations, BOEM will approve, disapprove, or approve with modifications the proposed activities.

Please note: On March 26, 2021, Atlantic Shores submitted a COP to BOEM for the southern portion of Lease OCS-A 0499. On June 30, 2021, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) awarded Atlantic Shores an Offshore Renewable Energy Credit (OREC) allowance to deliver 1,509.6 megawatts (MW) of offshore renewable wind energy into the State of New Jersey. In response to this award, Atlantic Shores updated Volume 1 of the COP to divide the southern portion of Lease OCS-A 0499 into two separate and electrically distinct Projects. Project 1 will deliver renewable energy under this OREC allowance and Project 2 will be developed to support future New Jersey solicitations and power purchase agreements.

As a result of the June 30, 2021 NJ BPU OREC award, Atlantic Shores updated Volume I (Project Information) of the COP in August 2021 to reflect the two Projects. COP Volume II (Affected Environment) and applicable Appendices do not currently include this update and will be updated to reflect Projects 1 and 2 as part of Atlantic Shores’ December 2021 COP revision.

Environmental Review

BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Atlantic Shores project on September 30, 2021.

The publication of the NOI initiates the public scoping process and opens a 30-day public comment period, which ends on November 1, 2021. During this time, BOEM will hold public scoping meetings and accept comments. The public scoping process is used to identify issues and potential alternatives for consideration in the EIS.

Following the comment period, BOEM will publish a scoping report and use the comments received during the public scoping process to help identify important resources and issues, impact-producing factors, reasonable alternatives for consideration, and potential mitigating measures that should be analyzed in the Atlantic Shores Draft EIS.

For additional information on the environmental review and permitting processes and timeline, please visit:

https://www.permits.performance.gov/permitting-project/atlantic-shores-project-1

Site Assessment Plan

On March 17, 2016 BOEM received a request to extend the preliminary term for commercial lease OCS-A 0499, from March 1, 2017, to March 1, 2018. BOEM approved the request on June 10, 2016.

On January 29, 2018 BOEM received a second request to extend the preliminary term for commercial lease OCS-A 0499, from March 1, 2018, to March 1, 2019. BOEM approved the request on February 14, 2018. 

On November 16, 2018, BOEM received an application from U.S. Wind Inc. to assign 100% of commercial lease OCS-A 0499 to EDF Renewables Development, Inc. BOEM approved the assignment on December 4, 2018. 

On April 29, 2019 BOEM received an application from EDF Renewables Development, Inc. to assign 100% of commercial lease OCS-A 0499 to Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC. BOEM approved the assignment on August 13, 2019. 

For additional information, please find the approved SAP below: