New York Governor Calls for 2.4 GW of Offshore Wind Power by 2030

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By Editors of Power Engineering

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called for the development of 2.4 GW of offshore wind development in the second major power generation move to come from his office this week.

The first step in the ambitious development slate would be a 90-MW offshore wind project 30 miles southeast of Montauk, which Cuomo urged the Long Island Power Authority to approve. The Authority has already said contract negotiations are nearly complete, and the project will come up for a vote in January.

The full 2.4 GW would be developed by 2030, enough to power 1.25 million homes. The governor’s office called it the largest commitment of its type in U.S. history. Full details of what the office is calling the Offshore Wind Master Plan are slated to be finished by the end of this year.

"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," Cuomo said in a prepared statement. "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."

A second offshore wind project could generate 800 MW 17 miles south of the Rockaway Peninsula. Statoil Wind US LLC won the rights from the U.S. government to lease the area for wind energy in December.

Cuomo called on the New York State Energy Research and Development authority to work with Statoil on the development.

The Governor’s Clean Energy Standard calls for 50 percent of New York’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. Additionally, the governor has called on the New York Department of Environmental Conversation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to undertake a study to determine the most rapid, cost-effective and responsible pathway to reach 100 percent renewable energy across the state.

Earlier this week, Cuomo announced his office, the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, environmental group Riverkeeper and Entergy had reached an agreement to close the two nuclear reactors at Indian Point Energy Center in 2020 and 2021.

As part of the deal, the state of New York will drop legal challenges against the plant and allow for nuclear license extensions to keep Indian Point running until the shutdown date.

At the time of the announcement, Cuomo was said to plan an announcement of other sources of energy to replace Indian Springs’ capacity.

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