New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed to nearly quadruple the state’s target for offshore wind deployment from 2.4 GW by 2030 to 9.0 GW by 2035.
In a State of the State address on 15 January 2019, the governor said he was directing new actions, as part of the Green New Deal, to accelerate offshore wind progress in three specific areas: port infrastructure, workforce development, and transmission infrastructure.
The governor said US$200M would be invested in port infrastructure to unlock private supply chain capital and maximise the long-term economic benefits to the state from developing offshore wind regionally. He said this multi-location investment would represent the largest infrastructure commitment to offshore wind in the US and would solidify New York’s position as the hub of the burgeoning US offshore wind industry.
He also announced plans to establish a New York State Advisory Council on Offshore Wind Economic and Workforce Development and invest in an offshore wind training centre that will provide New Yorkers with the skills and safety training required.
On transmission infrastructure, the governor said he would initiate a first-of-its-kind effort to evaluate and facilitate the development of an offshore transmission grid that can benefit New York ratepayers by driving down offshore wind generation and integration costs.
The governor said developing and adopting offshore wind “is a critical component of the transition to a clean energy economy and presents a major economic opportunity for New Yorkers, including creating thousands of high-quality jobs.”
Responding to the governor’s address, Business Network for Offshore Wind chief executive and president Liz Burdock said, “We thank Governor Cuomo for making offshore wind energy a critical piece of his mandate to get to 100% ‘clean, carbon-free’ electricity by 2040 and for increasing the state’s offshore wind target to 9.0 GW by 2035.
“This is a massive increase and sends a clear message to the industry that New York is taking a leadership position in the US offshore wind market.
“We also thank the governor for asking for US$200M in port infrastructure, investments in a training centre and developing an offshore transmission grid to make development more efficient and affordable for taxpayers and ratepayers. New York is off to a great start in 2019.”
The fast-evolving US offshore wind market – which analysts recently described as having undergone a ‘sea change’ – will be discussed in a couple of presentations at the 2019 Offshore Wind Journal Conference on 5 February 2019.
The offshore wind pipeline in the US, projected growth by state, commercial opportunities, and US regulatory issues such as Jones Act compliance will be addressed by Business Network for Offshore Wind executive vice president Ross Tyler and Winston & Strawn maritime practice partner and chair Charlie Papavizas.