Public and Stakeholder Engagement

The New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan [PDF] benefited from over a year’s worth of outreach to and engagement with stakeholders such as, but not limited to:

  • Commercial and recreational fishermen
  • Consumer advocates
  • Elected officials
  • Indigenous nations and tribal communities
  • Labor and business
  • Long Island and New York City communities
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Offshore wind energy industry
  • State and federal agencies
  • Submarine cables and offshore infrastructure owners

Appendix W of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan [PDF] includes a detailed summary of the outreach and engagement which helped inform it.

Following the release of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, and in order to ensure the most responsible development of offshore wind energy projects, the State will continue to foster public feedback at every step, and provide timely, transparent responses to public concerns and questions. In its ongoing public engagement, the State will continually evaluate the most effective approaches to sharing information and receiving public feedback. New York State agencies and authorities will also coordinate with the federal government and eventual project developers to ensure the continuation of robust public engagement.

New York State will continue to create opportunities for facilitating dialogue among developers, the public, and specific interested parties. For example, NYSERDA’s website will continue to function as a one-stop-shop for inquiries from the public. In addition, NYSERDA will continue to act as an intermediary by directing interested parties to the appropriate information holder, through questions received via the New York State Offshore Wind Contact page. New York State agencies and authorities also will sponsor and/or host in-person group meetings, conferences, webinars, workshops, and/or public information sessions and may support specialty liaisons to serve as a point of contact for particular groups.

Finally, New York State will convene several technical working groups to begin addressing some of the challenges associated with offshore wind development. (Additional working groups will be created as needed.) The initial technical working groups will be in the areas of jobs and supply chain, commercial and recreational fishing, maritime activities, and environmental issues.