In the 2017 State of the State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed an unprecedented commitment: to develop up to 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, enough to power 1.25 million homes.
Benefits of offshore wind:
- Clean, renewable, and locally produced power
- Major investments in new coastal infrastructure
- A new source for thousands of skilled construction, manufacturing and operations jobs
- Generates energy close to a densely populated region with high electricity costs
- Produces power during periods of high demand
NYSERDA is the lead agency coordinating offshore wind opportunities in the State, which will support the ambitious Clean Energy Standard to meet 50 percent of New York's electricity needs with renewable sources by 2030. In support of the Governor’s proposal, NYSERDA continues to work closely with coastal communities and the fishing and maritime industries to identify offshore wind sites to be included in New York State’s Offshore Wind Master Plan.
New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan
Like all energy resources, offshore wind must be developed thoughtfully and responsibly. NYSERDA is starting with a Blueprint, which outlines a process, steps, and timeline to develop the State’s Offshore Wind Master Plan. The Blueprint also describes how valuable stakeholder feedback will be pursued to inform the Master Plan. Activities listed in the Blueprint launch in the fall of 2016 and are expected to conclude with a completed Master Plan by the end of 2017.
Read the Blueprint for the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan [PDF]
The New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan will be the comprehensive strategy for developing offshore wind resources in New York State. It will provide recommendations on the best solutions for maximizing the potential for offshore wind in the State. Elements of the Master Plan will include:
- Site identification and leasing strategies
- Site assessment and site characterization pre-development activities
- Cost, benefit, and interconnection studies
- Analysis and recommended mechanisms for the purchase/sale of the renewable energy to be produced
- Stakeholder and community engagement, and educational efforts
- Visual (viewshed), fishing, and other mitigation efforts
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