The Interior Department announced the proposed lease sale for more than 81,000 acres for offshore commercial wind energy leasing in New York on Thursday.
The proposed acreage is about 11 miles south of Long Island and is identical to the New York Wind Energy Area, identified by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management earlier this year. A proposed sale notice will be published in the Federal Register on June 6 and will be open for public comment for 60 days. BOEM will also hold a public seminar in late June or July to describe the auction process for leasing, the Interior Department announced.
Seven companies are currently qualified to participate in an auction for leases, according to the DOI.
“This is another major step in broadening our nation’s energy portfolio, harnessing power near population centers on the East Coast,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement. “Offshore wind power marks a new frontier in renewable energy development, creating the path for sustainable electricity generation; job creation, and strengthening our nation’s economic competitiveness. I am optimistic about New York’s renewable energy future, as we work toward harnessing the enormous resource potential of wind energy offshore the Empire State.”
BOEM will also publish an Environmental Assessment on June 6, which will be available for 30-day public comment period, and plans to hold four meetings in June to provide an overview of findings.