Offshore wind energy could become a major source of affordable, renewable power for New York State, especially in Long Island and the New York City metropolitan area, where only a fraction of electricity comes from renewable sources. Generating electricity with wind turbines located in the Atlantic Ocean has the potential to provide up to 39 gigawatts of clean power for the State, enough to power 15 million homes.

In the 2017 State of the State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed an unprecedented commitment: to develop up to 2.4 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030, enough to power 1.25 million homes.

Benefits of offshore wind:

  • Clean, renewable, and locally produced power when demand is highest
  • Significant investments in coastal infrastructure
  • Opportunity for thousands of short- and long-term skilled construction, manufacturing, and operations jobs
  • Generating energy close to a densely populated region with little energy, let alone renewable energy, resources

Offshore wind will support the ambitious Clean Energy Standard to meet 50 percent of New York's electricity needs with renewable sources by 2030. NYSERDA is the lead agency coordinating offshore wind opportunities in the State.

New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan

NYSERDA is leading the development of the New York Offshore Wind Master Plan that will provide a comprehensive roadmap to advance offshore wind in New York. The Master Plan will encourage development of offshore wind in a manner that is sensitive to environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues while addressing market barriers and lowering costs. As part of the Master Plan, NYSERDA is currently conducting studies and engaging with stakeholders and the public to ensure that offshore wind is developed thoughtfully, responsibly, and cost-effectively. The Master Plan will be completed by the end of 2017.

The Master Plan will include:

  • Proposed offshore wind development areas (see Area for Consideration)
  • Guidelines for private developers
  • Recommendations on offshore wind contributing to the Clean Energy Standard at the lowest cost

The Master Plan process began with the Blueprint for the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan [PDF], which outlines a process, steps, and timeline to develop the State’s Offshore Wind Master Plan.

Download the Offshore Wind in New York State Fact Sheet [PDF]

Download the Offshore Wind in New York State FAQs [PDF]

Clean Energy Standard

NYSERDA seeks to bolster the development of both distributed and large-scale renewable energy resources, like offshore wind, to meet New York's Clean Energy Standard. This ambitious policy mandates that 50 percent of all electricity in the State come from renewable energy sources by 2030. Offshore wind will work together with land-based wind farms, and other renewable energy technologies like solar, to create a cleaner energy system across the State.

To date, most of New York’s renewable energy projects have been built Upstate. Offshore wind presents an opportunity for renewable energy development downstate, where energy investment could provide the most value, since New York City and Long Island account for more than 45 percent of the State’s annual electricity usage. With offshore wind, this high demand area can help New York State meet the renewables mandate of the Clean Energy Standard.