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BOEM Drafts Wind Energy Areas

draft wind energy areas
Draft Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) delineated by BOEM

After reviewing the comments received in response to the Call for Information and Nominations, comments received during stakeholder meetings and general feedback, BOEM has delineated draft Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) in the New York Bight.

For more information and a larger map of the draft WEAs, visit BOEM's Renewable Energy Task Force in the New York Bight website.

Offshore Wind Public Information Meetings & Webinar

NYSERDA is hosting a public webinar (link leaves DEC's website) to provide the latest updates on the State's plans for offshore wind development. Please note that pre-registration is required to join the webinar and will be capped at 500 attendees.

  • Friday, September 21, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

NYSERDA and the Department of Public Service are convening a technical conference to discuss potential transmission development approaches associated with New York's Phase 2 procurements for offshore wind energy. Those who wish to attend in person should RSVP by email to OSW@dps.ny.gov by September 19, 2018.

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    90 Church Street, New York, New York, 10007

The purpose of these meetings is to provide the latest updates on the State's plans for offshore wind development, including, but not limited to, the newly announced New York-led National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, New York's forthcoming procurement of offshore wind, and our technical working groups. These meetings will include a presentation and Q&A.

  • Wednesday, September 26, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Long Beach City Hall, 1 West Chester Street, 6th Floor, Long Beach, NY 11561
  • Thursday, September 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Peninsula Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

Fisheries Technical Working Group

The Fisheries Technical Working Group (F-TWG) provides guidance and advice on how to responsibly advance New York State's offshore wind energy development. New York is leading this multistate approach, which includes fisheries representatives from New England and the Mid-Atlantic who fish the New York Bight, as well as offshore wind developers.

Mission:

The F-TWG operates under the mission of guiding New York's offshore wind development in a way that is both environmentally friendly and protects the region's valuable fisheries and fishing communities. It does this by:

  • Enhancing communication and coordination: Improves communication between the fishing community and offshore wind industry developers.
  • Distributing information: Makes sure the fishing community and offshore wind industry knows about existing data, research, and information sources.
  • Supporting research: Provides ideas and feedback on scientific and technical studies that address offshore wind energy project planning, siting, construction, operation, monitoring, or other related topics.

Public Comment Period Ended July 30, 2018

In collaboration with the State of New York (Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority), federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is convening 2 public comment sessions to help ensure that BOEM is aware of the questions or concerns of New York's fishing community and other stakeholders. BOEM will present information regarding the NY Bight Call for Information and Area Identification process and characterization of NY Bight fisheries.

NY Bight BOEM Call Areas and Area for Consideration
BOEM NYB Call Areas/ NYS Areas of Consideration

These sessions will occur:

July 11, 2018: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Montauk Community Playhouse, ADC Room
240 Edgemere Street, Montauk, New York, 11954

July 12, 2018: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock Office
333 Beach Road (aka Dune Road), Hampton Bays, NY 11946
*Located at the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock on the Hampton Bays side of the Shinnecock Inlet

If you are unable to attend a meeting, or if you prefer to submit written comment to BOEM electronically, comments may be submitted by July 30, 2018. To submit comments online or get information on how to mail in comments, please visit the Regulations website (link leaves DEC website) and in the search bar, enter 'BOEM-2018-0004.'

The accompanied map indicates "NYS Areas for Consideration" for offshore wind energy leasing identified by the State of New York through the development of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan (link leaves DEC website).

For more information about the BOEM process and submitting comments visit, BOEM's New York Activities website (link leaves DEC website).

Offshore Wind in New York Bight Comment Period Extended

On May 22, 2018, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) extended the comment period (link leaves DEC website) for the Call for Information and Nominations for offshore wind energy development within the New York Bight (link leaves DEC website) region to July 30, 2018. During this time, BOEM will be working with states in the region to plan additional engagement opportunities with key stakeholder groups including commercial and recreational fishing and maritime navigation.

The Call for Information and Nominations, issued on April 11, 2018, follows years of unprecedented and extensive data collection and public engagement undertaken by New York State in the identification of the Area for Consideration (link leaves DEC website), which the State continues to believe holds the most promise for the successful development of offshore wind in the region.

To position the State as a national leader in offshore wind development, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called for New York to issue two solicitations in 2018 and 2019 with a combined total of at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind power from existing lease areas. These solicitations will help New York achieve its bold commitment of developing 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030. The extension of BOEM's comment period does not compromise the ability of the State to adhere to this schedule, and New York remains steadfast in its commitment to the timely advancement of responsibly-sited and cost-effective offshore wind development within the New York Bight.

Nevertheless, New York State believes that the timely identification and leasing of new offshore wind energy areas by the federal government represents a critical next step for New York State to realize a robust offshore wind market and the associated economic benefits of becoming a hub for this nascent industry. The State therefore encourages BOEM to review its overall timeline to ensure that new offshore wind lease areas are made available by the end of 2019 to help New York achieve its 2030 goal.

Recent announcements out of Massachusetts (link leaves DEC website) and Rhode Island (link leaves DEC website) through which contracts were awarded to develop a combined total of 1,200 megawatts of offshore wind is further evidence that projects in the region are building momentum and putting forward valuable bids. New York looks forward to executing its own successful procurement later this year.

New York State continues to encourage stakeholders to submit their comments to BOEM, as this is the first formal opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the development of new wind energy areas in the New York Bight.

Public Comment Period on Offshore Wind

How to Comment on the NY Bight Call for Information and Nominations
NY Bight BOEM Call Areas and Area for Consideration
NY Bight BOEM Call Areas/NYSERDA Area for Consideration

On April 11, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a Call for Information and Nominations on the potential for wind energy development in the New York Bight. BOEM seeks public input on the Call Area, including site conditions, resources, and multiple uses in close proximity to, or within, the Call Areas that would be relevant to BOEM's review. They will use the information provided to determine whether and how to proceed with its offshore wind energy leasing process for areas in the New York Bight (link leaves DEC website).

Comments on the Call for Information were originally due on May 29, 2018. Please see above for new deadline.

Comments and other submissions of information may be submitted by either of the following two methods:

  1. Federal eRulemaking Portal (link leaves DEC website): In the entry titled "Enter Keyword or ID," enter BOEM- 2018-0004, and then click "search." Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials.
  2. US Postal Service or other delivery service. Send your comments and information to the following address:

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

All responses will be reported on the Federal eRulemaking Portal (link leaves DEC website).

Last updated: 02/04/2019