Stakeholder Engagement

Commercial and Recreational Fishing

NYSERDA has been actively engaging the fishing community since November 2016 by attending meetings with the Marine Resources Advisory Council, Long Island Traditions, and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Goals of this outreach are to include the fishing industry in potential new area identification and determine how to ensure that fishing and offshore wind coexist.

Consumer Advocates

NYSERDA recognizes the importance of making the cost of offshore wind affordable, while considering locational and other values offshore wind will bring. Ratepayer advocates’ input represents an important factor towards acceptance and successful implementation of a long-term energy policy project such as offshore wind development. The goals of engagement are to share information about offshore wind energy; discuss New York State’s goal to develop offshore wind at the lowest possible cost through the Master Plan; and emphasize that working together throughout the process is extremely valuable.

Elected Officials

Elected officials want to understand how the project could affect ratepayers, commercial interests, recreation, tourism, and jobs. To that end, NYSERDA is conducting outreach to Long Island and New York City elected officials. Individual meetings provide information on the Master Plan process, answer community-specific questions, and gather insight on local concerns regarding the siting and development of future projects in the Offshore Study Area.

Indigenous Nations and Tribal Communities

Engagement with indigenous nations and tribal communities will help identify any potential impacts of new offshore wind areas to traditional resources including archaeological, architectural, cultural, natural, and visual resources.

Labor and Business

Labor and business organizations can inform the Master Plan by providing important information on job growth, skilled labor, training, and economic development.

Long Island and New York City Communities

NYSERDA is soliciting input and engaging with Long Island and New York City communities, both coastal and inland. To engage all Long Islanders and New Yorkers, NYSERDA is organizing a series of public open houses (date and location to be determined, and will be posted on this site). The goals for these open houses are to provide information on wind energy; describe the development process and timeline; and provide methods for participating in the planning process before and after the Master Plan is complete. The input of the public is extremely valuable throughout the development of the Master Plan and afterwards.

Non-governmental Organizations

Among national and regional non-governmental organizations that concern themselves with environmental, conservation, or renewable energy issues, the goal of engaging these groups is to gather information important to energy markets, economic development, and ecological considerations.

Offshore Wind Energy Industry

NYSERDA is engaging industry expertise to inform the Master Plan development. Topics of engagement include, but are not limited to: public outreach, contracting approaches, site assessment, visual impact assessment, scientific data and gap analysis, grid and interconnection, cost drivers and cost reduction strategies, supply chain and infrastructure.

Related resource: NYSERDA Offshore Wind Update and Market Advisory Group [PDF]

State and Federal Agencies

State and Federal agencies play a lead role in the planning, siting, and permitting of activities for offshore wind. Since offshore wind projects trigger a variety of federal and State regulations, the goals of outreach are to solicit critical regulatory information, and coordinate data use and planning efforts.

Submarine Cables and Offshore Infrastructure Owners

The goal of engaging owners of submarine cables and other offshore infrastructure is to understand possible offshore wind development challenges from their perspective. NYSERDA is initiating conversations regarding the development of guidelines for undersea cable installation by wind farm developers, based on International Cables Protection Committee’s best management practices.