New York Makes Progress in Offshore Wind Development

The U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently selected the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to compete for the right to develop a new wind energy project off the coast of Long Island.

The 79,000-acre project site is about 12 miles south of Long Island, off the Rockaway Peninsula. A developer will be selected through a lease auction on Dec. 15 that will be administered by BLM.

“The expansion of large-scale renewables such as offshore wind is critical for New York State to realize its aggressive clean energy goals under Governor Cuomo’s leadership,” NYSERDA President and CEO John B. Rhodes said in an Oct. 27 statement. “Offshore wind will be a critical contributor to achieving the State’s Clean Energy Standard mandate to serve 50 percent of the state’s electricity demand from renewable resources by 2030.”

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office said that, if NYSERDA is selected as the developer, the area will be studied and characterized and then bundled with a power purchase mechanism with a project developer selected through a competitive process.

New York in September released the New York State Offshore Wind Blueprint — a plan to advance the development of offshore wind along New York’s coastline. The blueprint creates a framework for wind energy generation development off the coast of New York in the form of an offshore wind master plan. NYSERDA is the lead entity coordinating the master plan.

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