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:

  • Maximize cost-effectiveness of offshore wind for New York State ratepayers
  • Minimize environmental impacts
  • Maintain economic vitality of all ocean users
  • Maximize economic opportunity for New York State
  • Cultivate an offshore wind innovation ecosystem
  • Create opportunities for transparent stakeholder engagement
  • Foster long-term sustainability of the industry

Our Team

Adrienne Downey – Principal Engineer, Offshore Wind

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As Principal Engineer for Offshore Wind, Adrienne is involved in all aspects of NYSERDA’s offshore wind program and focuses on NYSERDA’s offshore wind procurements and stakeholder engagement. Adrienne has over 10 years of experience in wind, and consulting practice in climate adaptation and resiliency projects. She has worked internationally in Europe and across Canada across a range of roles in industrial and production engineering, supply chain localization and development strategy, operations management, business development, and policy and government affairs.

Gregory Lampman – Program Manager, Environmental Research

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As Program Manager for Environmental Research, Greg manages NYSERDA’s Environmental Research Program which aims to increase understanding and awareness of the environmental and public health impacts of energy policies. Greg manages the environmental and wildlife aspects of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan aimed at advancing the responsible and cost-effective development of offshore wind energy resources off the Atlantic coast of New York. Through this effort, he collaborates and develops strategies and approaches with a broad team of professionals on a range of topics, including site identification, wildlife research and monitoring, environmental and metocean and geophysical/geotechnical studies, impact assessments, environmental impact statements, mitigation and related issues.

Janna Herndon – Project Manager, Offshore Wind

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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.

Morgan Brunbauer – Marine Fisheries Manager, Offshore Wind

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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.

Kate McClellan-Press – Project Manager, Environmental Research

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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.

Stephen Simko – Senior Analyst, Large-Scale Renewables

As a Senior Analyst for NYSERDA’s Large-Scale-Renewables group, Stephen is working to ensure that New York develops its offshore wind resources in the most cost-effective and economically beneficial ways possible. He is particularly focused on the evaluation of individual projects and the buildout of the state’s offshore infrastructure/supply chain. Stephen has more than 10 years of experience in the energy industry, specializing in investment valuation.

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.

Laila El-Ashmawy – Project Manager, Offshore Wind

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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.

Program Timeline

  1. 2021

    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).

  2. 2020

    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.

  3. 2019

    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.

  4. 2018

    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.

  5. 2017

    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.

  6. 2016

    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 addressLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. as part of the State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy.