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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Completes Environmental Analysis for N.J. Offshore Wind Project

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has completed its environmental analysis of the proposed Ocean Wind 1 wind project offshore New Jersey, it said on May 22.

Ocean Wind LLC proposes to construct up to 98 wind turbine generators and up to three offshore substations within its lease area.

At its closest point, the Ocean Wind 1 project will be at least 13 nautical miles southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Export cables are anticipated to make landfall in Ocean County and Cape May County, New Jersey.

If all 98 wind turbine generators are approved for installation, the estimated capacity range will be from 1,215 to 1,440 megawatts.

If approved, Ocean Wind 1 will be the third commercial-scale offshore wind project located on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf approved by the Biden-Harris administration. 

A notice of availability for the final environmental impact statement for Ocean Wind LLC’s proposed wind energy facility will be published in the Federal Register on May 26, 2023.

The final EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the activities laid out in Ocean Wind LLC’s Construction and Operations Plan. The final EIS is available on BOEM’s website.  

BOEM plans to issue a Record of Decision on whether to approve the proposed project this summer. The Record of Decision is the conclusion of the National Environmental Policy Act EIS process.