The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has leased a 480,000-acre renewable development space located offshore from New York and New Jersey under the New York Bight auction.

BOEM selected RWE Renewables, Ocean Winds, Invenergy and Atlantic Shores as provisional winners of the auction.

It received around $4.37bn in winning bids from the companies in the auction process.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said: “This week’s offshore wind sale makes one thing clear: the enthusiasm for the clean energy economy is undeniable and it’s here to stay.

“The investments we are seeing today will play an important role in delivering on the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to tackle the climate crisis and create thousands of good-paying, union jobs across the nation.”

Through its Bight Wind joint venture, RWE Renewables secured area OCS-A 0539 with a winning bid of $1.1bn.

The seabed area has the potential to host approximately 3GW of clean energy capacity, which is enough to power 1.1 million homes in the US.

Attentive Energy was the second-highest bidder in the auction process and received the OCS-A 0538 section, with 964MW of capacity, for $795m.

Atlantic Shores, a joint venture between EDF Renewables and Shell, was awarded the 924MW OCS-A 054 area for a bid of $780m.

EDP Renewables and Engie’s joint venture company Ocean Winds secured 868MW of capacity via the OCS-A 0537 section for $765m.

The two remaining sites were awarded to Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind and Invenergy respectively.

BOEM director Amanda Lefton said: “We must have a robust and resilient domestic offshore wind supply chain to deliver good-paying union jobs and economic benefits to residents in the region.

“Because we understand the value of meaningful community engagement, we are requiring lessees to report their engagement activities to BOEM, specifically noting how they’re incorporating any feedback into their future plans.”