New York Bight Call Areas

New York State, through the development of its Offshore Wind Master Plan, has spent several years conducting unprecedented and extensive research, fieldwork, and public engagement to identify potential offshore wind locations with the most benefit to consumers and the least overall potential for use and resource impacts. This work resulted in the Area for Consideration, which NYSERDA submitted to the federal government in October 2017. New York has demonstrated that the State is committed to appropriate development of this resource in a balanced way that protects our natural resources, our maritime, tourism, and fishing industries and that advances the interests of local communities.

On  April 11, 2018 the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a Call for Information and NominationsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., launching a public comment period, which closes on July 30, 2018, and allowing stakeholders to formally provide feedback on the potential for development of new wind energy areas in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New York, an area referred to as the New York Bight. More information from this announcement can be found in on BOEM’s websiteLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. Note that the proposed locations BOEM identifies include the Area for Consideration in addition to other areas considered, but ultimately excluded, by New York State.

Offshore map highlighting four large Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Call Areas with the southern two mostly marked as New York State Areas for Consideration

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced his support for BOEM’s announcement, which is the first step to identifying additional wind energy areas off New York’s Atlantic Coast. This action is critical in supporting the Governor’s goal of obtaining 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, enough to power 1.2 million homes in New York. New York continues to believe that the Area for Consideration poses the least potential conflict with existing infrastructure, shipping, fishing interests, tourism, and wildlife, while presenting an economically viable area capable of helping the State achieve its 2,400-megawatt goal. In support of the responsible, cost-effective development of offshore wind in New York, the State will provide formal comments during 45-day comment period. New York will restate its position and commitment to working with BOEM to advance offshore wind in a manner reflective of state, local, and stakeholder interests.

We encourage stakeholders to also submit their comments to BOEM before May 29, 2018Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. online or by mail. This is the first formal opportunity for the public to provide their feedback on the development of new wind energy areas in the New York Bight.