May 22, 2018
(Renewable Energy World)
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is extending the comment period for information and nominations for offshore wind energy development in an area of shallow water between Long Island and the New Jersey coast called the New York Bight.
BOEM issued the call for information and nominations in April with a deadline of May 29. The deadline has been moved to July 30 in response to request from stakeholders, BOEM said.
The information that BOEM receives will help the agency determine interest from developers on acquiring commercial wind leases and whether leasing should be made available in the call area in the future.
According to an April 11 notice in the Federal Register, the call area has four sections, including Fairways North, Fairways South, Hudson North, and Hudson South. (See Figure.) The area has 222 whole Outer Continental Shelf blocks and 172 partial blocks, and comprises about 2,047 square nautical miles.
BOEM said it will work with affected states in the New York Bight to plan additional stakeholder engagement opportunities with key stakeholder groups, such as commercial and recreational fisheries and the maritime navigation community.