The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed its environmental review of the proposed Empire Wind Farm Project offshore New York, which BOEM estimates could power more than 700,000 homes with clean renewable energy. BOEM’s review supports the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of deploying 30 GW of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030.
“BOEM is doing its part to meet the Administration’s ambitious energy goals – while remaining diligent in our efforts to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts to ocean users and the marine environment,” said BOEM Director Elizabeth Klein. “We value the feedback we have received from Tribal Nations, local community members, commercial fishing interests, and other ocean users in our process.”
Empire Wind, LLC, proposes to construct two offshore wind projects, known as Empire Wind 1 and Empire Wind 2, in its lease area about 12 nautical miles south of Long Island, New York, and about 16.9 nautical miles east of Long Branch, New Jersey. The two projects will be electrically isolated and independent from each other.
The company proposes to construct up to 57 wind turbines for Empire Wind 1 and up to 90 wind turbines for Empire Wind 2, as well as up to two offshore substations with two cable routes connecting to the onshore electrical grid on Long Island. Together, the projects are expected to generate up to 2,076 MW of clean, renewable energy.
A Notice of Availability published in the Federal Register September 15, 2023, for the proposed project’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The final EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the activities laid out in Empire Wind, LLC’s Construction and Operations Plan. The final EIS is available on BOEM’s website.
On November 14, 2022, BOEM published a draft EIS, initiating a 60-day public comment period that closed on January 17, 2023. BOEM also held three virtual public meetings to solicit additional feedback on the draft EIS from Tribal Nations, local community members, commercial fishing interests, and other ocean users. BOEM received 180 comments from Tribal Nations; federal, state, and local government agencies; non-governmental organizations; and the public during the comment period. BOEM considered these comments and stakeholders’ feedback when developing the final EIS. BOEM plans to issue a Record of Decision on whether to approve the project, and if so, identify conditions of approval, this fall.
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