Getting to 2035

In 2016, under the direction of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, State entities including NYSERDA began to engage community members, environmental advocates, and government partners to create the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan (Master Plan). In his 2019 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo proposed an expanded goal of 9,000 MW of offshore wind energy by 2035 as a major anchor in his efforts to decarbonize New York's electricity sector by 2040, and in July 2019, Governor Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the most ambitious climate change legislation in the nation, which codified this offshore wind commitment.

The Master Plan initially laid out the groundwork for New York’s unprecedented commitment to develop 2,400 MW of offshore wind energy by 2030 and will serve as a foundation for getting to 9,000 MW by 2035. To help support the 9,000 MW legislative mandate, the State will continue to:

offshore wind installation
Photo Credit: Siemens
In addition, New York State is working diligently to advance major cost-saving proposals to help accelerate the offshore wind industry in New York including:

  • Invest up to $200 million in port infrastructure to unlock private sector capital and capture long-term economic benefits for New Yorkers
  • Establish the New York State Advisory Council on Offshore Wind Economic and Workforce Development and invest in a new Offshore Wind Training Institute and a Community and Workforce Benefits Fund, leveraging private capital to educate, train and employ New Yorkers
  • Evaluate and facilitate the development of an offshore transmission grid to benefit New York ratepayers by driving down offshore wind generation and integration costs
  • Lead the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium to maximize economic benefits for the U.S.

Such efforts will maximize the potential benefits and minimize potential impacts of offshore wind development and ensure the process remains responsive to all stakeholder interests.