A high-powered group of US developers, financiers, consultancies and contractors has brought in Norwegian data intelligence outfit TGS to carry out a “subscription-based” offshore wind site assessment, with an eye on longer-horizon development off the Atlantic seaboard, where the Biden administration aims to build 30GW of plant by the end of the decade.

The two-year survey, which will range over nearly half a million acres in the New York Bight, will use autonomous floating Lidar (light detection and ranging) systems from Spain’s Eolos to gather wind speed measurements and metocean and environmental data, such as significant wave heights, ocean current profile, as well as acoustic monitoring of sea and bird life.