New York State officials yesterday said that the state has asked the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to consider identifying and leasing at least four new wind energy areas (WEA) off New York’s Atlantic Coast, with a total of 3,200 MW of offshore wind generation.

In a statement, the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) said that the state submitted to BOEM an Area for Consideration to locate the new WEAs. As part of the request, the state is seeking expedited site identification to encourage development of offshore wind.

BOEM last December held an auction for the first New York State WEA lease, which is about 80,000 acres. Statoil won the auction, and the

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