Ports and Infrastructure

Due to the scale of offshore wind technology, waterfront facilities are generally required to manufacture and handle primary components. Infrastructure requirements vary significantly depending on the end-use of a particular facility, whether it be to support operations and maintenance, manufacturing staging, or other activities. As the local offshore wind supply chain matures, a number of offshore wind port facilities will be either developed or refurbished across the region.

New York is poised to capture a significant portion of this port activity. The State already benefits from a diverse array of existing port infrastructure across three distinct geographic regions: New York Harbor, Long Island, and the Hudson River. As part of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, NYSERDA published a report analyzing more than 60 existing port facilities and areas that are capable of supporting offshore wind development. Building on this work, NYSERDA has completed a second phase of its port assessment, working jointly with industry through the Jobs and Supply Chain Technical Working Group to refine the initial report and to expand its analysis of specific opportunities. NYSERDA will continue to work with stakeholders to advance offshore wind port infrastructure in New York State and to execute on the State’s commitment to invest $200 million in port infrastructure to unlock private supply chain capital and maximize the long-term economic benefits to the State.

NYSERDA, NYS Department of Transportation, and Empire State Development recently completed Phase 1 of a 2-phase process for selecting proposals for public/private investments in port infrastructure to advance the offshore wind industry in New York State. As part of the 2020 State of the State book, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Phase 2 of the process will commence in early 2020, with NYSERDA issuing a competitive solicitation to allocate up to $200 million in port infrastructure upgrades.

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