The offshore wind energy potential for New York is immense. The Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New York has the potential to support thousands of megawatts of wind-driven power generation. With each megawatt of offshore wind capable of powering more than 500 homes, millions of New Yorkers could get their electricity from this clean, reliable, cost-effective source.
New York is on the brink of realizing the enormous benefits of developing this remarkable resource with significant progress being made for offshore wind including:
→ LIPA’s expected approval in September of a 90 MW offshore wind power project located 30 miles from Montauk that will serve growing demand for electricity on Long Island’s south fork.
→ The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) auction of the 81,000-acre New York Wind Energy Area (WEA) scheduled for December, and NYSERDA’s plans to bid in that auction to accelerate the development of offshore wind power for New York.
→ NYSERDA’s planned Offshore Wind Master Plan that will provide a comprehensive guide for offshore wind power development in New York.
→ The recently issued Clean Energy Standard (CES), which provides an enforceable mechanism for achieving Governor Cuomo’s ambitious goal of 50% renewables by 2030 – a goal that most experts agree can’t be accomplished without the large-scale development of offshore wind.
With major offshore wind resources in close proximity to high electricity demand areas, the increasing capacity of offshore wind turbines, and the proven record of success in Europe, offshore wind energy is quickly gaining the much-needed policy and financial support to drive development forward here in New York.