A coalition of organisations have formed the New York Offshore Wind Alliance (NYOWA). They include environmental groups, offshore wind power developers, environmental justice and community advocates, academics, and consultants with a shared interest in promoting the development of offshore wind power for New York The coalition was put together by the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY), a non-profit organisation promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in New York.
“Today we are announcing that New Yorkers from across the state are joining together to support responsible offshore wind power development,” said NYOWA director Liz Gordon. “The waters off New York City and Long Island have exceptionally strong and consistent wind resources that can be harnessed to satisfy the immense demand for clean, reliable and cost-effective power. Now is the time for the Empire State’s leaders to make a long-term, large-scale commitment to offshore wind power, which is essential to achieving Governor Cuomo’s goal of 50 per cent renewable energy for New York by 2030.”
The mission of NYOWA is to promote policies that will lead to the development of offshore wind off the coast of New York State. NYOWA’s specific goal is to secure a commitment from New York to develop 5 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030. The Alliance will undertake both public education and advocacy to build support for achieving this goal in New York. Its work is guided by a steering committee that includes representatives from the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY), Deepwater Wind, Dong Energy, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and the University of Delaware’s Special Initiative on Offshore Wind.
“Like the Alliance for Clean Energy, this new Offshore Wind Alliance announced today brings together industry voices with environmental and public interest advocates.” stated ACE NY executive director Anne Reynolds. “Together, we will make the case for offshore wind power and the economic and environmental benefits it will bring to New York and the nation.”
“We applaud Governor Cuomo’s visionary leadership in renewable energy,” said Deepwater Wind chief executive Jeff Grybowski, whose company recently completed building the first offshore windfarm in the US, the Block Island offshore windfarm (see photo courtesy of Deepwater Wind). “By developing wind resources off the coast of Long Island and New York City, New York State can achieve the governor’s laudable goal of 50 per cent of renewable energy by 2030 but also help to defer the need to build costly new power plants or controversial new transmission lines.”
“A significant New York commitment to large-scale offshore wind power will jump-start the deployment of this new clean and abundant energy source, not only in the state, but up and down the east coast,” said Stephanie McClellan, director of the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind at University of Delaware. “Providing this impetus for investment in the supply chain and infrastructure will dramatically reduce costs while increasing clean energy and economic development for New York.”
“As a world leader in offshore wind development, Dong Energy is eager to bring its expertise and resources to bear in building a robust clean, secure and renewable energy sector right here in New York,” said Thomas Brostrøm, general manager of Dong Energy Wind Power (US) Inc. “We look forward to working with members of NYOWA and NY officials to put in place the appropriate policies and programmes to capitalise on this home-grown resource.”
In addition to the steering committee members, initial partners of NYOWA include: AWS Truepower, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Ecology & Environment, Environmental Advocates of NY, Renewable Energy Long Island, The Nature Conservancy – New York and UPROSE.