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Windtech International May June 2024 issue

 

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed its environmental review of the proposed Sunrise Wind energy project, which is located approximately 16.4 nautical miles (nm) south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts , approximately 26.5 nm east of Montauk, New York, and 14.5 nm from Block Island, Rhodes Island.
 
BOEM estimates the proposed 924MW project will power more than 320,000 homes with renewable energy.  The project plan submitted by Sunrise Wind includes up to 94 wind turbine generators and their associated export cables. The onshore export cables, substation, and grid connection is located in Holbrook, NY. The lease area covers approximately 86,823 acres. 
 
In response to comments from government partners, key stakeholders, and the public, and after considering project feasibility, BOEM developed a preferred alternative that includes fewer turbines (84 WTGs) to accommodate geotechnical feasibility of the project, reduce impacts to benthic habitat and Atlantic cod, and meet the energy needs of New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. BOEM considers all alternatives in the development of its final decision.  BOEM plans to issue a Record of Decision on whether to approve the project early next year, and, if so, identify any conditions of approval.
 
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