BOEM looking at traffic lanes, buffers for offshore wind power

A chart showing potential wind energy energy areas in the New York Bight (grid blocks) overlaid with vessel tracks from AIS data. MARCO image.

Concerns raised by the maritime and commercial fishing industries now have federal officials considering wider buffer areas, and spacing as far as two nautical miles between proposed offshore wind power turbines.

At meetings in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey, representatives of the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said the burden of proof is on offshore wind energy development companies to show their plans for turbine arrays will be compatible with other ocean industries.


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