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New York conducts environmental study for offshore development

UNITED STATES: New York has commissioned an environmental study looking into future sites for offshore wind development.

The research, which was carried out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), aims to pinpoint favourable areas for offshore development while taking ecological concerns into account.

The report, A Biogeographic Assessment of Seabirds, Deep Sea Corals and Ocean Habitats of the New York Bight, follows similar studies by other states.

Massachusetts and Rhode Island recently completed ocean management plans, and New Jersey, Oregon and California are in the process of developing plans or collecting information necessary for planning purposes.

New York has periodically looked at developing offshore wind. However, last year it announced it was cancelling plans to develop a wind farm on the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project (Glow) was envisaged as a 150MW offshore wind farm on either Lake Erie or Lake Ontario.

The NYPA said it had voted to end the tender after viewing submissions for the project and discovered Glow would need a subsidy of around $60-100 million.

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