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  • Aviation and Radar Assets Study

    This study assesses the potential compatibility of wind energy development in the OSA with civil and military aviation assets.

    Aviation and Radar Assets Study [PDF]

    Cable Landfall Permitting Study

    This study assesses the existing onshore resources needed to determine areas of opportunity, sensitivity, and risk associated with the site selection for cable landings of offshore wind farms.

    Cable Landfall Permitting Study [PDF]

    Cultural Resources Study

    This study uses both desktop analysis and field research to assess the archaeology and cultural heritage of the OSA.

    Cultural Resources Study [PDF]

    Health and Safety Study

    This study reviews existing federal and State legislation and codes, standards, best practice guidance, and previous research that may apply to the development, construction, and operations of offshore wind energy projects off of New York State.

    Health and Safety Study [PDF]

    Marine Recreational Uses Study

    This study assesses and locates the recreational uses that occur in and adjacent to the OSA, and discusses potential impacts of offshore wind energy development on those uses.

    Marine Recreational Uses Study [PDF]

    Shipping and Navigation Study

    This study describes how future leases should consider current and future navigational hazards and risks posed by offshore wind development.

    Shipping and Navigation Study [PDF]

    Socio-Economic Assessment of Shipping and Navigation for Potential Offshore Wind Development Offshore New York State

    This study supplements the Shipping and Navigation study published as part of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan and assesses the potential socio-economic impacts of re-routing commercial vessels around potential offshore wind farms within the Area for Consideration.

    Socio-Economic Assessment of Shipping and Navigation for Potential Offshore Wind Development Offshore New York State [PDF]

    Visibility Threshold Study

    This study evaluates the potential visual impacts of offshore wind energy development.

    Visibility Threshold Study [PDF]

    Outreach and Engagement Summary

    Summary of the outreach and engagement campaign undertaken by the State in connection with the Master Plan and its studies.

    Outreach and Engagement Summary [PDF]

    Regulatory Review and Stakeholder Perceptions  

    Offshore wind energy development is an emerging industry in New York State and the rest of the country that will require both federal and State environmental review. A proposed project in federal waters (more than three miles off New York State’s coast) would trigger a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, compliance with multiple federal wildlife laws, a Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) consistency review, and compliance with multiple State laws. There is little precedent for permitting of offshore wind in New York State, leading to questions and uncertainties about the environmental permitting process for this type of development. Reducing these uncertainties will enhance the opportunity for projects to develop at scale, capturing the benefits of offshore wind energy at the lowest possible cost. To reduce this uncertainty, State and federal regulators participated in a process to help define the goals of environmental assessments for offshore wind energy and wildlife. This report, Advancing Environmentally Responsible Development of Offshore Wind Energy in New York State, is a preliminary step toward providing a framework to inform future discussions, formal guidance documents, research, and policy considerations for entities involved with wildlife and offshore wind energy in New York State.

    Advancing Environmentally Responsible Development of Offshore Wind Energy in New York State [PDF]

    Table of Permits and Approvals

    Non-exhaustive table of permits and approvals that are anticipated to be required for a future offshore wind energy development project.

    Table of Permits and Approvals [PDF]


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    Last Modified: 10/15/2018

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