PLANNING FOR OFFSHORE WIND DEVELOPMENT

New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan

To support New York State’s commitment under the Clean Energy Standard, which requires that 50 percent of the State’s electricity come from renewable energy sources,  E & E worked closely with our client—the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA)—to contribute to the first-of-its-kind New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan. The plan lays out a path for responsible and cost-effective development of 2.4 gigawatts (GWs) of offshore wind - enough to power 1.2 million homes.

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THE CHALLENGE

1 Million Acres, 20 Studies, and
All Eyes on New York

As the first Offshore Wind Master Plan in the U.S., this high-profile, two-year effort attracted significant interest and involvement from stakeholders across the board—from government and developers to commercial fishing interests and coastal land owners. E & E’s resource area experts developed 11 of 20 studies on environmental, social, economic, regulatory, and infrastructure considerations to help the State identify—and justify—the most favorable areas for offshore wind energy development.

THE SOLUTION

Science and Outreach

Our work supported the State’s decision-making process for selecting potential sites for future offshore wind energy development. To set a precedent for collaborative engagement and interagency coordination, the team developed a Strategic Outreach and Engagement Plan to guide outreach during the master plan process. Through public meeting coordination and outreach, we captured and included feedback from indigenous nations, agencies, and stakeholder groups to serve as an appendix to the Master Plan, making input consistently available for all future planning efforts.

THE RESULT

Procurement at the Forefront of Offshore Wind Development

The New York offshore environment presents significant opportunity for offshore wind energy development, given the strong market for electricity demand and the lower East Coast water depths. With a plan in place that identifies potential areas for offshore wind energy development, considers benefits and cost-reduction pathways, and promotes stakeholder engagement, New York has called for the procurement of at least 800 MW of offshore wind over the next two years.

“New York's Offshore Wind Master Plan will move the vision for a greener, cleaner state forward by investing in the development of clean energy infrastructure. This investment in our natural assets is vital as we continue our focus on the generation of renewable energy sources for our state. New York continues to lead the nation in providing a greener environment for our future generation.”

– Assemblyman Michael Cusick, Chair of the Assembly Energy Committee –

 

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