The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is considering a competitive lease process for wind energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in offshore New York.
The wind energy planning efforts are part of US President Obama's Climate Action Plan to develop domestic clean energy sources, cut carbon pollution and to create jobs.
In order to obtain nominations from companies for commercial wind energy leases, the bureau is publishing a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) within a proposed area offshore New York, located 11 nautical miles off south of Long Beach, New York.
The BOEM is also seeking public input on the potential for wind development in the Call Area, which includes comments on site conditions, resources, and existing uses of the area that could be relevant to the wind energy development authorisation process.
BOEM acting director Walter Cruickshank said that the call marks an important step in planning for wind offshore New York.
"After the completion of the necessary environmental reviews, consideration of the existing uses of the area, and consideration of feedback from the New York Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force and the public, BOEM will decide whether to publish a Proposed Sale Notice to describe the area to be offered and the proposed terms and conditions of wind energy leases," Cruickshank said.
Meanwhile, the BOEM also floated a request for information following receiving an unsolicited request from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for a commercial wind energy lease.
The proposed location contains 132 whole OCS blocks and 19 partial blocks.
In addition to this, BOEM is issuing a Notice of Intent (NOI) aimed to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA).
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