Statoil gets 9,000 acres offshore New York for wind energyStaff Writer | December 17, 2016
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced the completion of the nation’s sixth competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters.
Green energy BOEM has fostered offshore renewable energy development
The provisional winner of this lease sale is Statoil Wind US, which bid $42,469,725 for lease area OCS-A 0512. Avangrid Renewables, DONG Energy Wind Power U.S., Innogy US Renewable Projects, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and wpd offshore Alpha also participated in the lease sale.
Over the past 8 years, BOEM has fostered offshore renewable energy development through a collaborative state-federal process to identify Wind Energy Areas and hold competitive lease sales.
To date, BOEM has awarded eleven commercial wind leases, including nine through its competitive lease sale process. These lease sales have generated more than $16 million in winning bids for more than one million acres in federal waters.
The New York Wind Energy Area starts approximately 11.5 nautical miles (nm) from Jones Beach, NY. From its western edge, the area extends approximately 24 nm southeast at its longest portion. The lease area consists of five full Outer Continental Shelf blocks and 143 sub-blocks. ■