Offshore Wind in New York State

In his 2017 State of the State address, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed an unprecedented commitment to develop 2,400 MW of offshore wind by 2030, enough energy to power 1.2 million homes. A clean, renewable, and local source of power, offshore wind supports the State's ambitious Clean Energy Standard, which requires that 50 percent of New York's electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. Published in 2018, the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan serves as a comprehensive roadmap for the State’s advancement of cost-effective and responsible offshore wind development.

Where We Are Now

In his 2018 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo called for at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind to be procured between two solicitations in 2018 and 2019 that will result in enough clean, renewable energy to power 400,000 New York households. To achieve the Governor’s commitment, NYSERDA launched a process to consider offshore wind procurement options through a filing in January 2018 with the New York State Public Service Commission. On July 12, 2018, the Public Service Commission released an Order Adopting the Offshore Wind Standard authorizing solicitations by NYSERDA for a first phase of offshore wind procurements in 2018 and 2019 of approximately 800 megawatts. With the adoption of this Order, the State has taken another major step toward the development of offshore wind energy in New York.

NYSERDA has also been working closely with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to identify new wind energy areas off New York’s Atlantic Coast. In April 2018, BOEM published a Call for Information and Nominations for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf in the New York Bight , and is accepting comments through July 30, 2018. This publication follows NYSERDA’s identification of the Area for Consideration in October 2017, which New York State submitted to BOEM after rigorous fieldwork, analysis, and stakeholder outreach regarding appropriate locations for wind installations off New York State’s Atlantic Coast.

In addition to these efforts, NYSERDA is working to invest $15 million in clean energy workforce development and infrastructure advancement. This will include training workers for jobs in offshore wind construction, installation, operation, maintenance, and design. To attract private investment in port infrastructure and manufacturing, the State is also working with industry to determine promising infrastructure investments, helping jumpstart project development, and drive job growth.