Stakeholder and Public Outreach

To advance the responsible and cost-effective development of offshore wind energy projects, New York State created and continues to create opportunities for facilitating dialogue among developers, the public, and specific interested parties.

For example, the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan [PDF] (Master Plan) benefited from outreach to and engagement with stakeholders such as, but not limited to:

  • Commercial and recreational fishermen
  • Consumer advocates
  • Elected officials
  • 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

The Master Plan includes a detailed summary of the outreach and engagement in Appendix W [PDF].

Through the issuance of the Master Plan, New York also formed four Technical Working Groups—Maritime; Jobs and Supply Chain; Commercial and Recreational Fishing; and Environmental—to advance detailed interactions between stakeholders on a technical level.

Further, New York is sharing information and convening stakeholders for general updates and discussions around specific topical areas. For example, NYSERDA held a technical conference and released a request for information (RFI OSW-2018) to gather input from developers and other interested stakeholders on future offshore wind energy procurements.

New York State agencies and authorities will continue to host in-person meetings, conferences, webinars, workshops, and public information sessions and may support specialty liaisons to serve as points of contact for particular groups.