The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) does not expect to hold the next tender for commercial wind energy development zones off the coast of New York before late 2019, Recharge has learned.

“The earliest BOEM will be able to complete its renewable energy leasing process and all associated reviews, stakeholder engagement, consultations, and hold an auction would be late 2019,” says an agency spokesperson.

That is a slower timetable than sought by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who recently called for the procurement of 800MW of offshore wind energy in two solicitations to be held this year and in 2019.