New York’s 122-turbine offshore wind project to receive environmental review

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management plans to conduct an environmental review of a proposed 122-turbine wind project offshore New York.

The proposed project from Sunrise Wind, a joint venture between Orsted North America and Eversource Investment, could generate up to 1,300 megawatts of renewable energy and power nearly 600,000 homes.

The project lease area is 31 miles east of Montauk, New York, 19 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and 17 miles from Block Island, Rhode Island.

“The Interior Department is committed to confronting climate change, creating thousands of good-paying jobs, and paving the way for the nation’s transition to a cleaner energy future. Offshore wind is a critical component of that ambitious agenda,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “The demand for offshore wind energy has never been greater — we will continue to invest in the infrastructure to develop the offshore wind industry and to help attract the domestic supply chain.”

The Biden administration set a goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. New York has a goal of generating 70% of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.

BOEM’s Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) opens a 30-day public comment period on the proposed Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Sunrise Wind, LLC, a joint venture between Orsted North America Inc. and Eversource Investment, LLC.

BOEM will accept comments via U.S. mail, through, and during three virtual scoping meetings where stakeholders and other members of the public can learn more about the project before commenting for the record. The meeting dates and times are:

  • Thursday, September 16, 2021; 5:30 p.m. (ET)
  • Monday, September 20, 2021; 1:00 p.m. (ET)
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021; 5:30 p.m. (ET)

The comment period will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on September 30, 2021.

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Source: Renewable Energy