Offshore Wind

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2017 proposal to develop 2,400 MW of offshore wind generation off Long Island by 2030—enough to power up to 1.2 million homes—marked the largest commitment in the U.S. to this renewable energy source. A key objective of the State’s commitment to clean energy in its fight against climate change, the ambitious goals for offshore wind development support Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy. REV provides a framework for building a statewide clean, resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. It is anticipated that leveraging New York’s offshore wind energy as a renewable, locally produced, resilient and low-cost energy resource will stimulate the economies of NYS, the region and the nation and give rise to a new American industry creating substantial employment benefits.


New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan
January 2018 | Since 2016, New York State has been conducting research, analysis, and outreach to evaluate the potential for offshore wind energy and to inform the goal of generating 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind energy generation by 2030. NYSERDA led the development of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan (Master Plan), a comprehensive roadmap that encourages the development of offshore wind in a manner that is sensitive to environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues while addressing market barriers and aiming to lower costs.

Offshore Wind Policy Options Paper
January 29, 2018 | In this Offshore Wind Policy Options Paper (Options Paper), NYSERDA provides an assessment of alternatives for addressing a wide range of policy issues pertinent to the successful deployment of offshore wind energy within the context of Governor Cuomo’s goal of obtaining 50 percent of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030 (50 by 30 target)

New York State Area for Consideration for the Potential Locating of Offshore Wind Energy Areas (NYSERDA Report)
Revised December 2017 | In this document, the State of New York identifies an area in the Atlantic Ocean south of Long Island that, based on the State’s extensive and thorough compilation and analysis of scientific, stakeholder, and analytical data, is the most desirable for future offshore wind development. The State requests that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) consider and then expeditiously initiate the necessary steps to lease new Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) in this area.

Northeast Offshore Wind Regional Market Characterization Report
October 2017 | The Northeast Offshore Wind Regional Market Characterization Report, conducted for the Roadmap Project for Multi-State Cooperation on Offshore Wind, identifies the opportunities and challenges that will shape the offshore wind market. It estimates the scale of potential offshore wind deployment to serve Northeast markets through 2030, given the nature of the offshore wind resource, federal lease opportunities, state policies, regional energy needs, existing electricity generation and planned retirements, and transmission capacity.


NYS Offshore Wind Master Plan
Hosted by NYSERDA, the website is home to the NYS Offshore Wind Master Plan.

New York State’s Area of Consideration
Hosted by NYSERDA, the website is home to NYS’ Area of Consideration as discussed in the NYS Offshore Wind Master Plan.

A resource of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, WINDExchange is an online platform that shares the best available science and fact-based wind energy information to enable U.S. communities make wind development decision using the suite of WINDExchange resources and tools.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which manages the responsible exploration and development of offshore energy and marine mineral resources on the U.S. Outer Continental shelf, provides a wealth of information on offshore wind.

Business Network for Offshore Wind
The Business Network for Offshore Wind is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization solely focused on the development of the U.S. offshore wind industry and advancement of its supply chain that brings together developers, policymakers, academia, global experts and more than 150 member businesses for critical discussions and unprecedented networking opportunities.

Final Environmental Impact Statement Prepared for New York State Department of Public Service (May 2016)
This SEQRA-compliant Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) contains a section on the environmental review of Offshore Wind Energy..

Governor Cuomo Announces New York Will Lead Nationwide Consortium to Advance Offshore Wind Research and Development
Industry leaders from the public and the private sectors will collaborate to advance offshore wind technology, drive wind energy innovation, and combat climate change.