Our first step was to submit a Site Assessment Plan (SAP) for Empire Wind to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in June 2018. The SAP describes initial activities necessary to characterize a lease site, such as wind resource measurements using meteorological buoys, meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) data collection, and requirements for testing new technology.
The next step was to submit the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) for the project, which describes all the activities necessary for the construction, operation, and decommissioning of the proposed offshore wind farm(s) on the lease.
The COP also outlines the environmental, social, and technical information needed for BOEM to undertake Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) as part of its review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Empire Wind’s COP was submitted in January 2020, with an updated version submitted in June 2021.
As part of the ESIA, a wide range of potentially affected parties, identified through stakeholder engagement and scoping, will be able to participate in information gathering, site investigations, site-specific environmental surveys, and impact assessments.
We are conducting numerous environmental studies to learn how to best coexist with marine life and birds in the lease area. We are committed to sharing our data with all stakeholders and the public and answering your questions. We will post studies and data here as we continue the permitting process.