New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today released the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan designed to guide the development of 2.4 GW of offshore wind by 2030. Governor Cuomo announced in his 2018 State of the State address that New York will issue solicitations in 2018 and in 2019 for a combined total of at least 800 MW of offshore wind power.
Offshore wind is a component of the Governor’s mandate to generate 50 percent of the state’s electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2030.
To launch the Governor’s directive to procure at least 800 MW of offshore wind, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has filed an Offshore Wind Policy Options Paper with the New York State Public Service Commission. In this paper, NYSERDA analyzes different options to contract for offshore wind projects in a cost-effective manner, which will drive timely project development.
The Governor also announced a $15 million commitment to train the local workforce for the jobs needed to build offshore wind and develop port infrastructure. As the next step, Cuomo is calling on NYSERDA to work with other necessary state agencies to ensure that labor standards, prevailing wage, or other measures are appropriately implemented to produce quality, well-paying clean energy jobs for New Yorkers. Continue reading “New York State Releases Master Plan for Offshore Wind Development”