By Editors of Power Engineering
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released its comprehensive New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, which details how the state will develop 2.4 GW of offshore wind by 2030.
The report includes 20 supplemental studies examining location studies, options for contracting projects, infrastructure details and environmental impacts. Among its findings is the identification of over one million acres at least 21 miles from shore that can support wind without having a visible impact on someone looking out from shore, Newsday reported.
As previously announced, the state will issue RFPs this year and next for at least 80 MW of offshore wind power. The state will also commit $15 million to train potential workers for building the wind facilities and port infrastructure.
"While the federal government continues to turn its back on protecting natural resources and plots to open up our coastline to drilling, New York is doubling down on our commitment to renewable energy and the industries of tomorrow," Governor Cuomo said. "We are drawing upon our world-class workforce, unmatched intellectual capital, physical infrastructure and financial institutions to develop this increasingly affordable clean energy source that creates good paying jobs while protecting Long Island's natural beauty and quality of life."
Cuomo’s goal is to produce half of the state’s power from renewable sources by 2030.