New York Bight wind leasing to cause no significant impacts, BOEM finds

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December 17 (Renewables Now) - The US government’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on Thursday said it has completed its environmental review of offshore wind energy leasing activities in the New York Bight and has issued a finding of no significant impact.

The agency started an environmental review of nearly 800,000 acres (323,749 ha) of wind energy areas in the New York Bight for potential leasing in March this year. Its environmental assessment looked into potential effects from site characterisation and assessment activities such as geological surveys and installation of meteorological buoys. The construction of any wind farm would be subject to an environmental impact statement.

In June, BOEM published a proposed sale notice for eight lease areas in the New York Bight, between Long Island and the New Jersey coast, that could unlock more than 7 GW of offshore wind.

The New York Bight lease sale could be completed early in 2022 as the first of up to seven new offshore lease sales that BOEM intends to hold by 2025 as announced by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland in October.

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