State and Federal Cooperation

Offshore wind development in New York State will rely on collaboration between municipal, regional, and federal government agencies and other partners in order to leverage the necessary resources to deploy 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind energy in a responsible and cost-effective manner. NYSERDA is coordinating on behalf of the State all the work being conducted by the following agencies in the development of its offshore wind resources:

  • New York State Public Service Commission
  • New York State Department of Public Service
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York State Department of State
  • New York State Department of Labor
  • New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
  • Empire State Development
  • New York Power Authority
  • Long Island Power Authority

 

On the federal level, NYSERDA has 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. BOEM’s 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 additional wind installations off New York State’s Atlantic Coast.

Additionally, NYSERDA is working with the Department of Energy to lead the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium. Supported through a public-private partnership and focused on reducing offshore wind costs, the Consortium is a cooperative effort dedicated to advancing offshore wind technology and supporting innovations in wind plant design, developing methods to reduce siting and installation costs, and exploring advanced technological solutions for operations, maintenance and supply chain development.

NYSERDA has also engaged with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard to advance various studies and to ensure responsible development of ocean resources.