The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced it plans to conduct an environmental review of the 800-1,300-MW Sunrise Wind offshore windfarm off New York
The project, the latest of several commercial-scale projects in the US for which the Biden-Harris administration has announced a review, proposes to build up to 122 wind turbines, which would generate 880 MW to 1.3 GW of renewable energy. The project would help New York meet its clean energy goal of achieving 70% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
The lease area is in federal waters approximately 50 km east of Montauk, New York; 30 km south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts; and 27 km from Block Island, Rhode Island.
BOEM’s Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) opens a 30-day public comment period on the proposed construction and operations plan (COP) submitted by Sunrise Wind, LLC, a joint venture between Ørsted North America and Eversource Investment LLC.
During the 30-day public comment period, BOEM is seeking information to determine the scope of important resources and issues, potential impacts to the environment, reasonable alternatives, and mitigation measures to be analysed in the EIS.
After identifying the scope of the review, BOEM will conduct a full environmental analysis as part of the EIS and determine whether to approve the COP.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said of the project, “Demand for offshore wind energy has never been greater. We will continue to invest in the infrastructure to develop the offshore wind industry and to help attract the domestic supply chain.”
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