New York’s Empire Offshore Wind Energy Program Passes Two Milestones November 15, 2022
The Empire Wind proposal includes up to 147 offshore wind turbine generators, two offshore substations, two offshore electrical cable routes, up to three export cable landfall sites, up to three onshore electrical cable routes, and two onshore substations, providing connection to the existing electrical grid in Brooklyn and Long Beach, New York.
On November 14, 2022, The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) which analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the project as described in the project Construction and Operation Plan (COP). The DEIS indicates that the project will be environmentally safe in many respects. This puts the 2,076 MW Equinor and BP project one step nearer to its goal of delivering power by the mid-2020s.
BOEM continues to drive significant progress to meet the Biden-Harris administration’s ambitious climate goals, and our commitment to advance offshore wind is keeping pace with our commitment to do this right,” said BOEM Director Amanda Lefton.
The Empire Wind DEIS will now go through a review through the Administrative Procedures Act so that final environmental approval can be obtained. Similarly, in May 2022, the project Construction and Operation Plan (COP) was issued outlining the infrastructure, equipment, installation, maintenance and environmental protection issues related to the project.
Below is a map showing the Empire Wind Project facilities locations. Copies of both documents can be found on the Hofmann & Schweitzer Website