Proposed Sale Notice published: up to 7 GW in the New York Bight

The US Department of the Interior has announced a proposed sale for offshore wind in the New York Bight, between Long Island and the coast of New Jersey.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), part of the department, has requested public comments on its proposal to auction eight lease areas in the New York Bight. The lease areas could potentially accommodate more than 7 GW of offshore wind, enough to power over 2.6 million homes and support thousands of new jobs.

BOEM will publish a Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) in the Federal Register on Monday 14th June 2021, which will open a 60-day public comment period.

The 62-page document provides detailed information about potential areas that could be available for leasing, proposed lease provisions and conditions, auction details, and lease execution.

During the 60-day comment window, BOEM will host virtual meetings, where it will share updates on the leasing process and describe the auction format, explain rules, an present examples to illustrate the process.

“Climate change poses an existential threat — not just to our environment, but to our health, our communities, and our economic well-being. The Biden-Harris administration recognizes the urgency of this moment, and the development of renewable energy resources is an important piece of addressing this reality,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “Today's announcement of new proposed lease stipulations puts a priority on creating and sustaining good-paying union jobs as we build a clean energy economy.”

BOEM’s Director, Amanda Lefton, added that the announcement “demonstrates that fighting climate change and creating union jobs can go hand in hand.” She noted that “[t]he New York Bight is a prime example of how regional cooperation, partnerships, and stakeholder feedback can come together to identify areas suitable for offshore wind development”.

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