Sunrise Wind Activities

On August 31, 2021, BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Sunrise Wind project offshore New York.  The NOI was corrected September 3, 2021, to extend the comment period to October 4, 2021, and to make technical corrections. 

During the comment period, BOEM was seeking information to determine the "scope" of important resources and issues, potential impacts to the environment, reasonable alternatives, and mitigation measures to be analyzed in the EIS.  

BOEM hosted three Sunrise Wind virtual scoping meetings on September 16, 20 and 22, 2021.  

The lease area is in federal waters approximately 31 miles east of Montauk, New York; 19 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts; and 17 miles from Block Island, Rhode Island.

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 Sunrise Wind Draft EIS.

On July 31, 2013, BOEM conducted a competitive auction and awarded Lease OCS-A 0487, consisting of about 67,250 acres, to Deepwater Wind New England, LLC. On August 3, 2020, Deepwater Wind New England, LLC assigned Lease OCS-A 0487 to Sunrise Wind, LLC. On September 3, 2020, Bay State Wind, LLC assigned 100 percent of its record title interest in a portion of lease OCS-A 0500, which BOEM designated OCS-A 0530, to Sunrise Wind, LLC. On March 15, 2021, BOEM completed the consolidation of lease OCS-A 0530 into Lease OCS-A 0487 through an amendment to Lease OCS-A 0487. The resulting lease area is 109,952 acres and shown in the above figure. The effective date of lease OCS-A 0487 remains October 1, 2013. 

Site Assessment

On September 18, 2018, Deepwater Wind New England, LLC requested an extension of the site assessment term for commercial lease OCS-A 0487 pursuant to 30 CFR 585.235(b). BOEM approved a 3.5-year extension of the site assessment term, from July 1, 2019, to January 1, 2023, on October 23, 2018.

Construction and Operations Plan

Sunrise Wind, LLC submitted a COP on September 1, 2020, to BOEM proposing the construction and installation, operations and maintenance, and conceptual decommissioning of offshore wind energy facilities for the Sunrise Wind project.

The Sunrise Wind COP calls for up to 122 wind turbine generators (WTGs), an offshore converter station (OCS-DC), inter-array cables, an onshore converter station (OnCS-DC), an offshore transmission cable making landfall on Long Island, New York, and an onshore interconnection cable to the Long Island Power Authority Holbrook Substation. 

Currently, BOEM is completing its second-round review of the COP (revisions submitted June 2021) and will approve, disapprove, or approve with modifications the proposed activities.

Environmental Review

The NOI first published on August 31 was corrected September 3 to extend the comment period to October 4, 2021, and to make technical corrections. The second notice can be found: September 3 NOI.

The publication of the updated NOI initiates the public scoping process and opens a 30-day public comment period, which ends on October 4, 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 Sunrise Wind Draft EIS.

For additional information on the environmental review and permitting processes and timeline, please visit Sunrise Wind Farm | Permitting Dashboard.