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Offshore Wind Master Plan

Since 2016, New York State has been conducting research, analysis, and outreach to evaluate the potential for offshore wind energy. NYSERDA led the development of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan (Master Plan), a comprehensive roadmap and suite of more than 20 studies for the first 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind energy that encourages the development of offshore wind in a manner that is sensitive to environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues while addressing market barriers and aiming to lower costs. In 2020, the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan was recognized with a Silver Achievement Award for Environmental Planning from the American Planning Association.

What is in the Master Plan?

  • Potential areas for offshore wind development
  • Description of economic and environmental benefits
  • Workforce opportunities
  • Mechanisms to procure offshore wind energy at the lowest cost to ratepayers
  • Analyzed costs and cost-reduction pathways
  • Recommended measures to mitigate potential impacts
  • Infrastructure requirements and assessment of existing facilities
  • Creation of four Technical Working Groups (TWGs) in the areas of maritime commerce, jobs and supply chain, commercial fishing, and the environment

Master Plan Studies

NYSERDA conducted 20 studies and engaged with stakeholders and the public to create the Master Plan in order to determine the most responsible and cost-effective pathways for developing offshore wind energy.