Workforce

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 2,400 MW of offshore wind by 2030, New York can realize nearly 5,000 new jobs in manufacturing, installation and operation of offshore wind facilities, capitalizing on a regional commitment to scale the resource. Nearly 3,500 of these jobs are expected to support New York wind farms, with the remaining supporting regional projects. Approximately 2,000 of these jobs are in operations and maintenance, providing 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 this end, the Jobs and Supply Chain Technical Working Group is advising NYSERDA as to the use of $10 million allocated to fund offshore wind workforce training from 2018 to 2025.

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