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Leading a Regional Industry

Collaborating with Atlantic states and the federal government

With its central location among the U.S. northeastern and mid-Atlantic states and the largest commitment to offshore wind in the nation, New York plays a leadership role in seeding and cultivating a new industry for the region. Through interstate coalitions, the offshore wind Technical Working Groups, and a new regional science body, states are taking steps to share information, identify cross-boundary stakeholder considerations, and conduct research to ensure a coordinated, proactive approach to offshore wind development.

A Regional Perspective

Harnessing a Strong Resource

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. offshore wind has a technical resource potential of 2,000 gigawatts of capacity Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. Analyses show that the average wind speeds off the northeastern and mid-Atlantic coast provide tremendous generation potential. New York is eager to take advantage of this plentiful resource to transition away from conventional generators that emit harmful greenhouse gases and work toward clean, renewable generation sources, such as offshore wind.

MAP: Offshore wind speeds at 100 meters. Offshore wind resource data (100m) used for the 2016 offshore wind resource assessment. Map provided by NREL, AWS TruePower, and Vaisala/3Tier. Source: 2016 Offshore Wind Energy Resource Assessment for the United States [PDF]

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Map of continental United States shows high concentration of high-speed offshore winds off the coast in the northeast (New York Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey) and on the west coast in northern California, with other slower speed winds in the southeast and Gulf of Mexico.

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State Policies Drive Action

New York is not alone in promoting policies to drive the growth of the offshore wind industry. States along the Atlantic coast are setting ambitious goals for offshore wind procurement in order to advance a clean energy future.

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Offshore Wind Projects in the Atlantic Northeast


  • Rhode Island: 430 MW in development / 1,000 MW goal
  • Maryland: 368 MW in development / 1,200 MW goal
  • Connecticut: 1,104 MW in development / 2,000 MW goal
  • Virginia: 2,500 MW in development / 2,500 MW goal
  • Massachusetts: 1,604 MW in development / 3,200 MW goal
  • New Jersey: 1,100 MW in development / 7,500 MW goal
  • New York: 1,826 MW in development / 9,000 MW goal

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Bar chart showing comparison of renewable energy projects in development (in megawatts) and their respective regionally mandated goals (also in megawatts) .

Coalitions Promote Progress

To help accelerate the responsible growth of offshore wind in the U.S., national and regional nonprofits are working to collaborate across federal and state boundaries, facilitate discussions between the global industry and local supply chains, host events, aggregate industry news, advertise job opportunities, and conduct research to bridge knowledge gaps and reduce technology costs and market barriers.

Where can offshore wind be built?

The Federal Government and Siting Offshore Wind

Atlantic states are working hard to develop offshore wind as a large-scale, clean generation source for our electricity grids, but who decides where the wind projects can be built?

The federal government is responsible for determining which areas of the ocean are suitable for offshore wind development and for permitting offshore wind projects within these areas. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) within the U.S. Department of Interior is responsible for these activities.

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    Siting Offshore Wind

    Understand the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) process for determining where offshore wind development can occur.

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