Source: Maritime Executive
June 2nd 2016
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has officially initiated plans for an offshore wind energy lease sale for 81,130 acres offshore from New York.
The proposed lease area, approximately 11 miles south of Long Island, is identical to the New York Wind Energy Area, which the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) identified earlier this year in consultation with members of its New York Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force.
A Proposed Sale Notice for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf Offshore New York will be published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2016, and will include a 60-day public comment period.
To date, seven companies have qualified to participate in a future auction for the New York Wind Energy Area.
To date, BOEM has awarded 11 commercial offshore wind leases, including nine through the competitive lease sale process (two offshore New Jersey, two in an area offshore Rhode Island-Massachusetts, another two offshore Massachusetts, two offshore Maryland and one offshore Virginia). These lease sales have generated approximately $16 million in winning bids for more than a million acres in federal waters.