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With 22,000 New Yorkers working in the renewable energy industry, New York already possesses a strong clean energy workforce. Offshore wind is poised to be the next clean energy industry to establish roots in New York, and to be a key driver in the increasing demand for clean energy workers in the state.

With the development, construction, and operation of 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035, New York is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs in manufacturing, installation, and operation of offshore wind facilities, capitalizing on a regional commitment to scale the resource. These jobs are expected to support New York wind farms as well as regional projects, and many will provide sustained career opportunities for New Yorkers for the duration of a project’s useful life, projected at 25 years.

Many New Yorkers already possess most of the skills necessary to attract offshore wind manufacturers and developers. However, the scale and offshore location of the technology may require some workers to have industry-specific training. New York State is working to assure that both new and existing workers will have the skills needed to participate in this industry, whether the jobs are offshore or on land. New York is coordinating directly with the local workforce, industry experts, and other state agencies to expand activities such as vocational training, training facilities, certification programs, union training, apprenticeship opportunities, and curriculum development.

To meet the workforce demands needed of the growing offshore wind industry, Governor Cuomo announced the establishment of an Offshore Wind Training Institute (OWTI) and a Community and Workforce Benefits Fund (CWB Fund) to create the institutional infrastructure to educate, train and employ New Yorkers. These investments will particularly benefit New York’s low-income and environmental justice communities, critical outcomes of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and Governor Cuomo’s commitment to a just transition to clean power.

As part of the 2020 State of the State book, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of OWTI, which will be led by SUNY’s Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University. Using $20 million of seed investment, the OWTI will partner with other training institutions to prepare workers with the skills and competencies to support the development, construction, and operations and maintenance of the regional offshore wind industry and create a pipeline of trained workers for the long-term development of the U.S. offshore wind industry.

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