Developing Offshore Wind Power In New York

The New York State Clean Energy Standard, established in August of 2016, mandates that 50 percent of the state’s electricity supply come from renewable sources by 2030.

To help meet this goal, today I announced two offshore wind projects off the coast of Long Island, and an unprecedented commitment to the responsible development of New York’s offshore wind resources.

First, I called on the Long Island Power Authority to approve a 90 megawatt offshore wind project 30 miles east of Montauk. The project will not be visible from Long Island’s beaches.

Second, I called on state agencies to work with international energy company, Statoil Wind US LLC, to ensure a 79,000 acre lease area capable of siting 800 megawatts of offshore wind off the Rockaway Peninsula is developed cost-effectively and responsibly to customers.

In addition, I also proposed a commitment to develop up to 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind power in the Atlantic Ocean by 2030, enough power generation for 1.25 million homes and the largest commitment in U.S. history.

The Offshore Wind Master Plan, to be completed by the end of 2017, will be established in close collaboration with communities and stakeholders to ensure cost-effective and environmentally responsible development.

The State will ensure that the visual impacts of offshore wind turbines will be minimized through appropriate siting. New offshore wind turbine foundation technologies will allow construction in deeper water, further offshore and out of sightlines from the coast.

Our unparalleled commitment to offshore wind power will create new, high-paying jobs, reduce our carbon footprint, establish a new, reliable source of energy for millions of New Yorkers, and solidify New York’s status as a national clean energy leader.