January 12, 2017
By Stephanie West
Albany, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has called on the Long Island Power Authority to approve a 90 megawatt offshore wind project 30 miles southeast of Montauk.
The project will be the nation’s largest offshore wind farm and will not be visible from Long Island’s beaches. He also proposed an unprecedented commitment to develop up to 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030, enough power generation for 1.25 million homes and the largest commitment in U.S. history. The projects will be developed in collaboration with local communities and stakeholders. The Offshore Wind Master Plan will be completed by the end of 2017.
“New York’s 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,” Governor Cuomo said. “The Offshore Wind Master Plan will establish a bold strategy to harness this untapped resource in New York and provide a new source of energy to power a brighter, greener future for all.”
Offshore wind is critical to meeting the goal outlined in the Governor’s Clean Energy Standard to meet 50 percent of New York’s electricity needs with renewable sources by 2030.
The Long Island Power Authority has indicated that contract negotiations are close to final, and the project will be voted on at its January meeting.
With some of the most favorable conditions for offshore wind in the United States, the coast of Long Island has the potential to bring an enormous amount of renewable energy, and substantial job creation and economic development benefits to all New Yorkers.
This commitment will be advanced through the state’s Offshore Wind Master Plan which will be completed by the end of 2017.
The plan will establish a commitment for the responsible development of New York’s offshore wind resources in ways that benefit electricity customers and protect the environment. In addition, offshore wind will spur new investments in infrastructure and manufacturing, creating high-quality jobs across the state.