The main US offshore wind regulator responded to demands for broader environmental reviews earlier in the development process as well as industry calls for faster, more streamlined permitting by launching a regional impact programme for the newly awarded leases in the New York Bight.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) process, a new approach by the federal agency to expand the scope of the environmental review from a project-by-project basis to a region-wide one to take into account the regional and cumulative impacts of the offshore wind industry on marine ecosystems.