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BOEM to publish Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Ocean Wind 1

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 20/06/2022 BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed
Ocean Wind 1 wind energy project offshore New Jersey.

The offshore wind farm is located 15 miles off the coast of Southern New Jersey and is being developed by Ørsted and PSEG. The project is to consist of up to 98 wind turbines and have an overall capacity of between 1,215 to 1,440 MW. It will also feature three offshore substations within the lease area, located 15 statute miles southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, with export cables making landfall in Ocean County and Cape May County, New Jersey. When commissioned it is expected to provide clean energy to 500,000 homes in New Jersey.

BOEM’s DEIS for the proposed wind farm analyses the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action described in Ocean Wind’s project plan for constructing and operating an offshore wind energy facility. This is the first DEIS published by this Administration for an offshore wind energy project.

The Notice of Availability for the DEIS will publish in the Federal Register on 24 June, opening a 45-day public comment period, which ends on 8 August. During the comment period, BOEM will conduct three virtual public meetings and accept comments on the DEIS. The input received via this process will inform preparation of the Final EIS.

“BOEM remains committed to an environmental review process that establishes a strong foundation for offshore wind projects in the U.S. while promoting ocean co-use and avoiding or reducing potential conflicts,” said BOEM Director Amanda Lefton. “The feedback provided by ocean users and our many stakeholders will help inform the Final EIS and provide invaluable insight to decision makers.”

BOEM will use the findings of the EIS to inform its decision on whether to approve Ocean Wind’s proposed project.

During the comment period, BOEM will hold three virtual public meetings. There will also be an opportunity for participants to provide comments on the DEIS.

The public meetings will be held on the following dates and times (Eastern):
Thursday, 14 July 2022; 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 20 July 2022; 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 26 July 2022; 5:00 p.m.

For more information on offshore wind farm developments, click here. Alternatively, click here to view 4C Offshore's interactive map.


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