The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has executed two contracts to study meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) conditions in the waters off the Atlantic coast of New York (the New York Bight). Awarded to Ocean Tech Services and DNV GL, the multiyear contracts are designed to ensure that offshore wind development in the state is environmentally sound and cost effective. The project supports the Green New Deal announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, which sets a goal of 9,000 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind energy in the state by 2035, up from 2,400 MW by 2030, as part of an unprecedented ramp-up of renewable energy. As part of the data collection, metocean Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) systems will be mounted on buoys 20 miles from the shore in the New York Bight. Deploying this technology “will help protect the state’s coastal resources and marine environment and is a significant step towards meeting Governor Cuomo’s offshore wind and clean energy goals,” noted Alicia Barton, NYSERDA President and CEO. For the NYSERDA press release, click here.