US Congressman Max Rose has called on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to support the development at Arthur Kill Terminal of facilities to service and support the US offshore wind industry
The Congressman said doing so would provide over US$400M in economic benefits and help ensure that Staten Island would be a leader in what will be a growing industry in the region.
“The Arthur Kill Terminal is the most suitable site in New York for offshore wind development, and with your support will not only spur regional economic growth, but also a more reliable energy for New Yorkers,” wrote Congressman Rose in a letter to Governor Cuomo.
“Under your leadership, New York has committed to leading the nation in developing offshore wind energy, a necessary step in diversifying our energy sources and moving toward a more resilient economy.
“However, states such as Connecticut, New Jersey and Virginia are also competing for similar investments, so it is critical that we act expeditiously to develop an offshore wind supply chain based in New York through the Arthur Kill Terminal port project.
“With this project, New York has the chance to firmly seize the immense economic opportunity offered by the burgeoning offshore wind industry,” he said.
He noted that Staten Island officials like Senator Savino have also expressed their support for the project, and New York State has committed to investing more than US$1.5Bn in renewable energy and offshore wind projects in order that the future of the industry be based in New York.