Last week, Monday, the New York State Energy & Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that it has asked the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to consider identifying and leasing at least four new Wind Energy Areas off New York’s Atlantic Coast.

Each area is capable of accommodating at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind generation and are at least 20 miles from the Long Island and New Jersey coasts, so they will not be visible from shore.

The proposed sites are recommendations; BOEM will ultimately identify the wind energy areas and issue long-term leases for their use. New York plans to launch bids for offshore wind energy contracts starting in late 2018 or early 2019

New York has a goal of 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030 from federal waters primarily off the Long Island coast.