Area for Consideration

On October 2, 2017, New York State submitted an identified Area for Consideration to the federal government’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). This came after rigorous fieldwork, analysis, and stakeholder outreach regarding appropriate locations for wind installations off New York State’s Atlantic Coast. The State submitted extensive information supporting the Area for Consideration, which the State views as best suited for future offshore wind development.

New York State requested that within this Area of Consideration, BOEM identify and lease at least four new Wind Energy Areas, each capable of supporting at least 800 megawatts. BOEM’s identification and leasing of these Wind Energy Areas will encourage competition among offshore wind developers, help reduce costs, and support New York in meeting its commitment of 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, enough to power 1.2 million New York State households.

As part of its Master Plan process, New York began with over 16,000 square miles of area called the Offshore Study Area. The Area for Consideration represents approximately ten percent of the original Offshore Study Area, refined through a comprehensive process based on available data and guided by stakeholder feedback, aiming to maximize benefits and minimize conflicts to ocean users, including both people and wildlife, and was developed following interagency deliberation within New York State.

Note: The Area for Consideration includes more area than is required to fulfill New York’s request to BOEM for new WEAs. Indicative WEAs are presented to illustrate how they could be located within the Area for Consideration and may be shifted, reshaped or both. The final locations of WEAs will be determined by BOEM through future processes.

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