Broad Labor-Business-Civic-Environmental Coalition Launches Blog on Offshore Wind’s 
Value to NY’s Economic & Environmental Future

ALBANY – The New York Offshore Wind Alliance announced the launch of a new blog to keep New Yorkers up-to-date on issues surrounding offshore wind in New York and elsewhere. The blog will monitor the progress toward achieving Governor Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to procure at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind over the next two years. That commitment is part of the Governor’s call for at least 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030.

New York Offshore Wind Alliance Director Joe Martens said: “One of the goals of our Alliance is to keep New Yorkers informed about all the issues surrounding offshore wind as it is planned, developed and built in New York and other states along the Eastern seaboard. This blog is an opportunity to post news, information and commentary, as well as repost items from other sources.

“The Offshore Wind Alliance – with more than two dozen business, labor, environmental and developer members – strongly supports Governor Cuomo’s offshore wind agenda. We believe it will help New York win the fierce competition among states to become the hub of a new clean energy economy,” Martens said.

The Offshore Wind Master Plan recently released by the New York State Energy, Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) was created after more than a year of outreach and public input. The Plan developed data and information on all aspects of offshore wind energy to help jumpstart this nascent U.S business and to help expedite projects that will provide electricity to more than 1.25 million homes on Long Island and New York City by 2030, all while protecting our coastal and marine wildlife and preserving existing offshore industries and activities.

The Plan is part of Governor Cuomo’s visionary goal to have 50 percent of New York’s power generated by renewable energy sources by 2030. Offshore wind power can help meet that goal with clean, local, emission-free and cost-effective energy. The Governor’s “50 by 30” goal cannot be met without significant offshore wind development.

The most recent OWA Blog post discusses a Gotham Gazette piece discussing how offshore wind’s jobs and economic impact can help revitalize blue collar communities. Previous blog posts include an op-ed from New York State Building & Construction Trades Council President Jim Cahill on the thousands of new jobs that will come to New York if the Governor’s offshore wind agenda “is executed properly,” as well as commentary on other petinent issues.

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To follow the Alliance on Twitter: @NYOffshoreWind