New York begins wave toward 2,400 MW of offshore wind
New York’s state utility leadership has ordered the first procurements toward a goal of 2,400 MW of new offshore wind power generation by 2030, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced this week.
The state’s Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) will procure approximately 800 MW of offshore wind through a solicitation in the fourth quarter this year, working together with the New York Power Authority and the Long Island Power Authority. Award of the procurement is expected to be announced in the second quarter of 2019, with a second solicitation later that year.
“This action represents another major step toward establishing a clean energy future that is secure, reliable and cost-effective,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Robust offshore wind development is not only critical to meeting our clean energy and carbon reduction goals, this investment has the potential to create thousands of jobs and fuel a $6 billion industry for New York as it combats climate change.”
The desired 2,400 MW of offshore wind would be enough to power 1.2 million New York households, according to the release. The state wants to get half of its electricity from renewables by 2030.
The release predicted that work on the offshore wind projects would support some 5,000 new manufacturing, installation and operations jobs.
“These provisions will ensure that good-paying jobs are associated with the development of offshore wind for New York State,” the governor’s release reads….