Washington, DC- Today the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, announced its finalization of the first Wind Energy Area off the coast of New York. The Wind Energy Area is located approximately 11 miles off the coast of Long Island and totals about 81,130 acres.
Environment America praised the move as a critical first step to unleashing the immense power of the winds off of New York’s coast and a pivotal opportunity for New York leaders to act.
“Hats off to the Obama Administration and BOEM for laying the foundation for a major expansion of New York’s largest untapped energy resource. Offshore wind will be key to putting the Empire State on a path toward an economy powered entirely by renewable energy. We look forward to supporting local, state and federal leaders in their efforts to go bigger on renewable energy by making a strong commitment to offshore wind development” said Rob Sargent, Clean Energy Program Director.