Governor Cuomo reinforces wind efforts

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

New York Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, yesterday (8 January 2020) delivered his 2020 State of the State address. The Governor's 2020 agenda - Making Progress Happen - features nation-leading proposals to tackle critical issues facing New York. It includes prerogatives to tackle climate change and boost offshore wind development.

Cuomo stated that in 2020, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will issue its second solicitation for offshore wind facilities, which is expected to yield at least an additional 1,000 megawatts of clean power. NYSERDA, DOT and ESD will also initiate a competitive process to award $200 million in public investments in port infrastructure improvements.

New York has awarded a total of approximately 4,700 MW of new large-scale renewable energy contracts since March 2018 through three separate solicitations. Collectively, these projects are expected provide enough renewable energy to power up to two million households and meet nearly 10% of New York's electricity needs by 2025. The State’s current renewable energy and climate goals include a target of installing 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035.

In his address, the governor also reinforced New York's aim to create a green jobs training program to address the need for an energy workforce. First, the Excelsior Automotive Technician Task Force will broaden the scope of its work to include electric vehicles. New York State will invest an additional $40 million — for a total investment of $100 million — over the next five years to build a talent pipeline of clean energy workers and provide the existing workforce with opportunities to enhance their skills. In addition, SUNY Farmingdale and Stony Brook will formally solicit partners for the $20 million Offshore Wind Training Institute, so that training can begin in 2021.  

The state will also put together a plan for authorising and building new transmission capacity to bring clean and renewable power to areas that need additional electricity capacity, prioritising using existing rights of way. The plan will include upgrading the grid with smart new technology that increases the capacity and effectiveness of the system, such as battery storage technology.

For more information on offshore wind developments in the US,
click here. You can also view projects worldwide on 4C Offshore's interactive map.

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Andrew Cuomo by Pat Arnow