Siting Offshore Wind Facilities

New York State 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. The State is committed to building upon this work to ensure the appropriate development of its offshore resources in a way that protects natural resources, maritime, tourism, and fishing industries, and that advances the interests of local communities.

Map showing proposed projects and lease areas in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island

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There are two lease areas offshore New Jersey. These areas begin 7 nautical miles from the shore and extend approximately 23 nautical miles seaward, spanning approximately 45 nautical miles from southwest to northeast and approximately 418 square nautical miles total. The southern lease area is owned by Ocean Wind LLC (Ørsted A/S) and the northern lease area is owned by Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC (joint venture of EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US). There is one lease area offshore New York. The area begins approximately 11 nautical miles south of Long Beach, New York and extends approximately 26 nautical miles southeast along its western edge and is comprised of approximately 127 square nautical miles total. The lease area is owned by Equinor US Holdings, Inc. Finally, there are seven lease areas offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The first and northernmost lease area begins approximately 9 nautical miles southeast of Point Judith, Rhode Island and extends approximately 2 nautical miles seaward, spanning approximately 1.25 square nautical miles total. The second lease area beings approximately 10 nautical miles south of Newport, Rhode Island and extends approximately 20 nautical miles seaward, spanning approximately 246 square nautical miles total. Both lease areas are owned by Bay State Wind LLC (joint venture of Ørsted A/S and Eversource Energy). The third through seventh lease areas begin approximately 12 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 13 nautical miles southwest of Nantucket, extending 33 nautical miles southward from the northern boundary and approximately 47 nautical miles from east to west, spanning approximately 975 square nautical miles total. From north to south, these lease areas are owned by Bay State Wind LLC (joint venture of Ørsted A/S and Eversource Energy); Vineyard Wind LLC (joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables); Equinor US Holdings, Inc.; Mayflower Wind Energy LLC (joint venture of Shell New Energies US and EDPR Offshore North America); and Vineyard Wind LLC (joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables), respectively.