Wind Power

New York to Procure 800 MW of Offshore Wind in Next Two Years

As part of New York’s 2018 State of the State proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday said that New York will procure at least 800 MW of offshore wind power between two solicitations to be issued in 2018 and 2019.

The move is part of the governor’s announcement in early 2017 that the state would set a goal of securing 2.4 GW of offshore wind by 2030.

The call for 800 MW will be the first in a schedule to reach the 2030 target, the governor’s office said in a statement.

In addition, Cuomo will direct the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to invest $15 million in clean energy workforce development and infrastructure advancement to train workers for jobs, such as offshore wind construction, installation, operation, maintenance, design and associated infrastructure.

To attract private investment in port infrastructure and supply chain activities, Cuomo also will direct NYSERDA to work with Empire State Development and other state agencies to determine the most promising public and private offshore wind port infrastructure investments.

Last October, state officials said that New York asked the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to identify and lease at least four new wind energy areas (WEA) off New York’s Atlantic Coast, with a total of 3,200 MW of offshore wind generation.

Statoil won a 2016 auction for the first New York State WEA lease, which is about 80,000 acres.