Federal agencies unveil wind-energy plan for offshore New York

Offshore wind energy
Offshore wind energy | Contributed photo

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) recently unveiled a plan to utilize wind energy off the coast of New York, in an area 11 miles south of Long Island totaling roughly 81,130 acres.

BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell presented the plan as being a pillar of President Obama's Climate Action Plan.

The high wind levels near New York make it the perfect location to develop a wind-energy generation site and would provide untainted and renewable energy.

“New York has tremendous offshore wind potential, and today's milestone marks another important step in the president's strategy to tap clean, renewable energy from the nation’s vast wind and solar resources,” Jewell said. “We will continue to work with the state and local stakeholders through a collaborative effort as we determine what places have the highest potential and lowest conflict to harness the enormous wind energy potential off the Atlantic seaboard.”

Such a project would add to the 11 wind-generation sites already in place on the Atlantic Coast, all of which are a part of BOEM's continuing movement to utilize wind energy off the East Coast, helping state and local governments in that region obtain renewable energy to meet their goals.

BOEM has some hoops to jump through for the project to become a reality, including an Environmental Assessment (EA), which will look at possible leasing and installment issues. After passing these assessments.

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