BOEM seeks public comment on draft EIS for New York wind farm

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 15/11/2022 BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management (BOEM) announced the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed
Empire Wind energy project.

The Empire Wind offshore wind project is located in the New York Bight off the southern coast of Long Island, and spans 80,000 acres with water depths of between 65 and 131 feet (19.8m - 39.9m). The lease was acquired in 2017 and is being developed in two phases (Empire Wind 1 and 2) with a total installed capacity of more than 2 GW (816 MW + 1,260 MW). It is jointly owned by Equinor and bp.

The Notice of Availability for the DEIS will be published in the Federal Register on 18 November, which will open a 60-day public comment period that ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 17 January 2023. The input received via this process will inform preparation of the Final EIS.

Empire Offshore Wind, LLC submitted a Construction and Operation Plan (COP) for its proposal to develop two wind energy facilities and their associated export cables offshore New York. The proposal includes up to 147 offshore wind turbine generators, two offshore substations, two offshore electrical cable routes, up to three export cable landfall sites, up to three onshore electrical cable routes, and two onshore substations, providing connection to the existing electrical grid in Brooklyn and Long Beach, New York. The DEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the project as described in the COP and several alternatives to the proposed action.

BOEM will use the findings of the EIS to inform its decision on whether to approve Empire Wind’s COP, and if so, which mitigation measures to require. During the comment period, BOEM will hold three virtual public meetings, where the public can learn more about the review process.

“BOEM continues to drive significant progress to meet the Biden-Harris administration’s ambitious climate goals, and our commitment to advance offshore wind is keeping pace with our commitment to do this right,”
said BOEM Director Amanda Lefton. “As we expeditiously review offshore wind projects, BOEM remains committed to fully analyze impacts with an emphasis on avoidance, minimization, and if needed, mitigation, and will continue to engage with Tribal nations, stakeholders, and ocean users.”

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