Block Island Wind Farm installation
The first commercial U.S. offshore wind farm, Block Island, is scheduled to come online in late 2016, and, coinciding with this, on December 15, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold a lease sale for more projects.
The sale will offer nearly 80,000 acres offshore from New York for nearly 80,000 acres, and it will be followed by another lease sale for areas of offshore North Carolina in 2017.
14 companies have qualified to participate in the New York lease sale. Since the first lease sale in 2013, the number of companies qualifying to participate has steadily increased, from eight in 2013 to 14 in the latest offering.
This article is reprinted from Maritime Executive, which is not affiliated with the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound.