(The North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm in Wales.)
While Rhode Island and Massachusetts are the two states closest to building floating wind farms in the waters of their coastlines, other areas along the Atlantic coast are close behind. Now a large block of ocean off the coast of New York and New Jersey is becoming available for wind power development.
The Department of the Interior announced yesterday that they will offer leases for over 344,000 acres of Atlantic Ocean, ranging from off Long Island to off northern New Jersey. From app.com:
In announcing the lease openings, Walter Cruickshank, acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said long discussions between the federal and state governments and other players went into delineating the most logical places for wind power placement.
“The key to responsible offshore development is substantial stakeholder engagement to identify and address any concerns early in the process,” said Cruickshank. “Members of the New Jersey Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force have demonstrated leadership and foresight in making sure that the wind-energy planning process considers input from many important stakeholders, including industry, environmental organizations and the maritime community.”
In the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s announcement, they said that this area could provide up 3,400 megawatts of power. The project is now entering a 60-day public comment period. The end of the comment period is also the deadline for developers to submit their quals. At that point, they'll set a date to begin accepting bids.