New York Bight Project offcially named

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 16/09/2022 Ocean Winds

Ocean Winds East, LLC, (OW East), a partnership between  Ocean Winds (a 50-50 joint venture by EDP Renewables and ENGIE) and Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), has announced Bluepoint Wind as the official name of its
planned offshore wind power project in the New York Bight.

The 1.7 GW Bluepoint Wind project will be located 38 nautical miles off the coast of New York and 53 nautical miles off the coast of New Jersey and is expected to be capable of powering up to 900,000 homes. The 71,522 acre site was awarded to the partners by US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in its New York Bight leasing auction. It was the nation’s highest grossing competitive offshore energy lease sale in history, including oil and gas lease sales, with the New York Bight offshore wind sale.
The project partners secured the site with a bid of $765 million.

As part of the ramping up of planning and permitting efforts, Bluepoint Wind will begin conducting a stakeholder and public engagement process.

John Dempsey, CEO of Bluepoint Wind said: “Bluepoint wind looks forward to the opportunity to help New York and New Jersey achieve their ambitious renewable energy goals. Since February, we have focused on a strategy that will help us create not only a safe and innovative renewable energy project for the region, but also deliver long-lasting value for neighboring communities and stakeholders.  This includes prioritising investment in historically disadvantaged communities, environmental protection, and workforce development.”  

Bluepoint wind reportedly is working with local and regional partners to ensure these benefits are realized.

Pete Malinowski, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Billion Oyster Project said: “Billion Oyster Project is excited to partner with Bluepoint Wind, which is aligned with our mission of securing a healthy, biodiverse New York harbor.  Bluepoint Wind’s unique approach to responsible development of their offshore wind farm directly reflects our belief that if we are to continue living, working, teaching and learning on this planet, we must build alliances and partnerships to fundamentally change how we interact with nature.”

Bluepoint Wind pays homage to the history of oysters in the coastal regions of New York and New Jersey, where oysters were once a cornerstone of local ecosystems and culture. Regional oyster populations all but disappeared in the 20th century due to the effects of pollution and over harvesting, however community groups have recently reintroduced oysters to the region through careful habitat restoration and population management.

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