BOEM outlines New York Bight wind energy areas

Up to 9.6 gigawatts of offshore wind energy could be generated on lease tracts in the New York Bight outlined by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the agency says.

Two weeks before a meeting with state and regional agencies in New York City, BOEM issued a draft plan for wind energy areas (WEAs) off the coasts of New York and New Jersey – a key stop toward preparing for future lease sales, like those already sold off southern New England.

The draft plan outlines up to 793,862 acres of what BOEM calls primary and secondary areas. Primary alone total 315,268 acres, which the agency says could accommodate around 3.8 gigawatts of wind-generated power.

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