NYSERDA's Offshore Wind Program
As the State authority charged with implementing New York’s goal of 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2035, NYSERDA’s Offshore Wind Program seeks to advance the cost-effective and responsible development of offshore wind energy to serve New Yorkers in a way that fosters the long-term sustainability of the industry, facilitates regional collaboration, and spurs innovation and economic opportunities. In pursuing this vision, our work is shaped by core guiding principles:
Georges Sassine – Vice President for Large-Scale Renewables
As the Vice President for Large-Scale Renewables, Georges leads NYSERDA’s work in advancing both land-based renewable energy and offshore wind resources. Prior to joining NYSERDA in September 2021, he spent nearly ten years at General Electric (GE) where he took on a wide scope of responsibilities including strategy, scenario planning, product management, innovation, marketing and business development. He started his career in engineering and policy analysis roles with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the Middle East and think tanks in Washington, DC. Georges has also worked with several multinational corporations driving policy analysis, investment and business strategy including Deutsche Bank’s Energy & Climate Change Advisors team in New York and Man Group’s energy private equity fund in London. He is also the founder of a non-profit that advocates for transparency and good governance in the energy industry. Georges sits on the board of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a non-profit platform for states and public agencies to collaborate to advance clean energy in the United States. He holds a Bachelor in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut, and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Gregory Lampman – Director, Offshore Wind
As Director of Offshore Wind, Greg leads NYSERDA’s Offshore Wind program, supporting a talented team of topical experts engaged in advancing competitive procurement of new strategic projects, rigorous contract management of the growing portfolio of contracted projects totaling more than 4,200MW. The Team is also advancing grid integration solutions and driving workforce development and economic development including manufacturing and port infrastructure investments to ensure New York maintains its position as the nation’s hub for offshore wind. Greg is responsible for supporting the regulatory and diverse inter-governmental engagements required to support New York’s offshore wind industry’s responsible and cost-effective growth including support of New York’s four offshore wind Technical Working Groups (TWGs), leading relevant research projects to support program innovation, and extensive proactive stakeholder engagement, media engagement and public speaking. Greg previously led NYSERDA’s Environmental Research Program which supported the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan and continues to play a critical role in the responsible development of offshore wind.
Morgan Brunbauer – Marine Fisheries Manager, Offshore Wind
As Marine Fisheries Manager for Offshore Wind, Morgan has almost 10 years of experience working with many different interest groups including industry professionals, federal and state governmental agencies, and the public, especially those in the commercial fishing industry. For one of his Master’s degrees, he worked aboard deep-sea red crab boats analyzing catch data. While working for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Morgan supported the State’s offshore wind energy development efforts by collaborating on the offshore wind Fisheries and Environmental Technical Working Groups and interacting with the fishing industry to ensure their views are heard and considered throughout the development process. As NYSERDA’s new Offshore Wind Marine Fisheries Manager, he will use this experience to continue to serve as the liaison to the commercial fishing industry.
Jessica Dealy – Senior Policy Advisor, Offshore Wind
As a Senior Policy Advisor for Offshore Wind, Jessica leads Stakeholder Outreach as well as Workforce Development liaison efforts for New York State’s Offshore Wind Program. Jessica’s career in wind energy began in 2013 as a project manager for wind resource with the development start-up, OwnEnergy. She joined the larger Resource Assessment Group at EDF Renewables in 2015, where she developed pre-construction energy estimates, designed layouts, and managed meteorological datasets. Jessica entered the offshore wind space in 2018 when she joined Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind as their External Affairs Lead. She took on a range of responsibilities for the Shell/EDF-R Joint Venture including managing Stakeholder Engagement, Public Relations, and Government Relations. Prior to her career in renewable energy, Ms. Dealy worked as an award-winning on-air meteorologist and news reporter. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s in Meteorology/Climatology and a Master’s in Environmental Geoscience from Mississippi State University.
Laila El-Ashmawy – Project Manager, Offshore Wind
As a Project Manager with NYSERDA, Laila is working on offshore wind procurements and is enthusiastic about reaching New York State's renewable energy goals. Laila has a diverse background across engineering, economics and energy. Her experience ranges from managing 24/7 hazardous offshore oil rig operations to policy work at the international diplomatic level to market analysis at a geospatial asset monitoring start up. Laila has earned three diplomas in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mineral and Energy Economics, and Petroleum Economics and Management from Arizona State University (USA), Colorado School of Mines (USA), and IFP-School (France), respectively.
Janna Herndon – Project Manager, Offshore Wind
As a Project Manager for Offshore Wind, Janna is involved in many aspects of NYSERDA’s program, including stakeholder engagement, supply chain development, and contract management. Janna has several years of experience working to advance policies to address the impacts of climate change in the marine environment. She has a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Sherryll Huber – Project Manager, Offshore Wind
As a Project Manager for Offshore Wind, Sherryll is responsible for contract management and project coordination in support of the State’s offshore wind solicitations. Her experience in managing the state’s ocean program includes the development of ocean project designs that address climate impacts in the marine environment. A focus of her work includes supporting the New York Offshore Wind Master Plan under the New York Ocean and Great Lakes program and the Mid-Atlantic regional ocean partnerships. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management with a focus in Marine Science and has engaged with stakeholders on ocean action planning, estuary program management, and public stewardship on Long Island and throughout the State’s marine district.
Peter Lion – Senior Advisor, Offshore Wind
As a Senior Advisor for Offshore Wind, Peter will help lead the team’s strategy, planning, and execution of economic development associated initiatives to develop and expand the offshore wind industry. Working collaboratively with public and private stakeholders, his primary focus will be on supply chain, infrastructure and workforce development. Peter has extensive experience in regional economic development and driving localization and growth through education, research and development and the establishment of innovative programs. For the last several years he has worked with small to medium sized enterprises to enable their participation in the offshore wind industry.
Kate McClellan-Press – Senior Project Manager, Environmental Research
As a Project Manager with the Environmental Research team at NYSERDA, Kate is working to advance responsible development of offshore wind. As co-chair of the Environmental Technical Working Group, she brings together stakeholders and develops strategies to address the environmental challenges of offshore wind energy development. Kate has 15 years of experience working on marine science and conservation and, as a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow, conducted research on the potential impacts of offshore wind development on marine life.
NYSERDA awarded two offshore wind projects – Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind – as a result of the State’s second competitive solicitation for offshore wind. NYSERDA also launched the first competitive solicitation for public funds to support offshore wind workforce training as part of New York’s Offshore Wind Training Institute (OWTI).
NYSERDA launched the State’s second competitive solicitation for at least 1,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy, as announced by former Governor Cuomo in his 2020 State of the State address, and simultaneously issued a competitive solicitation to invest $200 million of public funds in offshore wind port infrastructure upgrades.
NYSERDA awarded two offshore wind projects as a result of the inaugural solicitation – Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind – in pursuit of the State’s mandate to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2035, as codified by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. NYSERDA also published a report on Phase 1 of the State’s offshore wind procurement plan, including the executed agreements with Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind.
NYSERDA issued New York State’s first competitive solicitation for at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy, as authorized by the New York Public Service Commission. NYSERDA also hosted the first Offshore Wind Supplier Forums and created a Supply Chain Database to help cultivate connections between global industry leaders and local New York businesses.
NYSERDA published the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, creating a comprehensive roadmap for development of the first 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind energy as first outlined by former Governor Cuomo in his 2017 State of the State address. NYSERDA also created four Technical Working Groups (TWGs) on the environment, fishing, maritime commerce, and jobs and the supply chain.
NYSERDA conducted research, analysis, and outreach to evaluate the potential for offshore wind development in New York State in order to create an Offshore Wind Master Plan, first outlined by former Governor Cuomo in his 2016 State of the State address as part of the State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy.