New York state governor Andrew Cuomo used his 8th ‘State of the State Address’ to outline plans for two solicitations for offshore wind energy in 2018 and 2019.
Unveiling a far-reaching agenda to build on what he described as seven years of progressive policy, the governor of the State of New York said he wanted to position New York as the leading offshore wind market in the US, drive competition, reduce costs and create jobs in what he called “this emerging industry.”
Governor Cuomo called for the state to procure at least 800 MW of offshore wind power via two solicitations, to be issued in 2018 and 2019, resulting in enough clean, renewable energy to power 400,000 New York households.
The Governor is directing the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) to invest US$15M in clean energy workforce development and infrastructure advancement to train workers for jobs in this industry, including offshore wind construction, installation, operation, maintenance, design and associated infrastructure.
To attract private investment in port infrastructure and supply chain activities, Governor Cuomo is also directing NYSERDA to work with Empire State Development and other State agencies to determine the most promising public and private offshore wind port infrastructure investments.