NYS Seeks to Expand Offshore Wind Development Off Atlantic Coast
New York State has submitted an Area for Consideration to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and asked the bureau to consider identifying and leasing at least four new Wind Energy Areas off the state’s Atlantic coast, each able to accommodate a minimum of 800 megawatts of offshore wind generation. Energy from offshore wind can help meet New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s goals of having 50 percent of all electricity in the state come from renewable energy sources and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The state providing BOEM with extensive information on the Area for Consideration and asked that BOEM use that data and analysis to help facilitate its process for identifying suitable sites. In its announcement, NYSSGC member New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) noted that development of an offshore wind industry will benefit the state’s economy, create jobs, and advance NYS clean-energy goals. For the press release, click here.