Assessment of Offshore Wind Energy Leasing Areas for the BOEM New Jersey Wind Energy Area

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), under an interagency agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), is providing technical assistance to identify and delineate leasing areas for offshore wind energy development within the Atlantic Coast Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) established by BOEM. This report focuses on NREL's development andevaluation of the delineations for the New Jersey (NJ) WEA. The overarching objective of this study is to develop a logical process by which the New Jersey WEA can be subdivided into non-overlapping leasing areas for BOEM's use in developing an auction process in a renewable energy lease sale. NREL identified a selection of leasing areas and proposed delineation boundaries within the establishedNJ WEA. The primary output of the interagency agreement is this report, which documents the methodology, including key variables and assumptions, by which the leasing areas were identified and delineated.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages58
StatePublished - 2013

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-60403


  • New Jersey
  • offshore
  • wind energy leasing areas


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