This topic is central to New York’s stated goal of realizing 50% of total electricity demand from renewable sources by 2030. Governor Cuomo’s has committed New York to procuring 2.4 GW of new offshore wind capacity by 2030, and in doing so has captured the interest of the world’s leading offshore wind developers. Just this month, Governor Cuomo announced his intentions to issue solicitations in 2018 and 2019 to develop at least 800 MW of offshore wind projects and foster the offshore wind industry and workforce in New York State. Statoil’s successful bid to lease 80,000 acres in federal waters, an average of 20 miles south of Long Island,sets the stage for the development of +1GW Empire Wind farm. Empire Wind, along with Deepwater Wind’s 90MW offshore wind project with LIPA, will utilize the wind industry’s latest turbine technology and position New York as global leader in offshore wind deployment.
Dan Shreve, Partner, MAKE Consulting
Doreen Harris, Director, Large-Scale Renewables, NYSERDA
Clint Plummer, Vice President of Development, Deepwater Wind