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August 17, 2021

BOEM concludes environmental review for South Fork Wind Farm

The offshore wind project is expected to create jobs and supply clean energy to the South Fork of Long Island.

By Umesh Ellichipuram

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed its environmental review of the proposed South Fork Wind Farm offshore from New York and Rhode Island.

If approved, the 130MW offshore wind project is expected to create up to 1,700 jobs while supplying clean energy to the South Fork of Long Island, New York.

The project has been proposed by South Fork Wind, a joint venture of Ørsted and Eversource.

South Fork Wind has proposed to build the project almost 19 miles south-east of Block Island, Rhode Island, and 35 miles east of Montauk Point, New York.

Upon securing approval from BOEM, it will be the US’s second commercial-scale offshore wind project.

BOEM will also publish a notice of availability for the final environmental impact statement (EIS) in the federal register later this week.

The EIS will examine the potential environmental impacts of the activities laid out in the project’s construction and operations plan.

In January, the agency published a Draft EIS for the South Fork project, which received 1,300 public comments over its 45-day consultation period.

BOEM held three virtual public meetings to solicit further feedback on the EIS from community members, tribal nations, commercial fishing interests and other ocean users. This was then incorporated into the Final EIS.

BOEM said that the move will help in achieving the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to expedite renewable energy development on public lands and in offshore waters to address the climate crisis while creating union jobs.

Last month, BOEM announced plans to prepare an EIS for Avangrid Renewables’ Kitty Hawk North offshore wind project in North Carolina.

The agency published a notice of intent (NOI) in the federal register and has opened a 30-day public comment period to define the scope of the EIS.

BOEM will also review Avangrid Renewables’ construction and operation plans for the 69-turbine project.

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