York Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, yesterday (8 January 2020) delivered his
2020 State of the State address. The Governor's 2020 agenda - Making Progress
Happen - features nation-leading proposals to tackle critical issues facing
New York. It includes prerogatives to tackle climate change and boost offshore
Cuomo stated that in 2020, New York State Energy Research and Development
Authority (NYSERDA) will issue its second solicitation for offshore wind
facilities, which is expected to yield at least an additional 1,000 megawatts
of clean power. NYSERDA, DOT and ESD will also initiate a competitive process
to award $200 million in public investments in port infrastructure improvements.
New York has awarded a total of approximately 4,700 MW of new large-scale
renewable energy contracts since March 2018 through three separate solicitations.
Collectively, these projects are expected provide enough renewable energy
to power up to two million households and meet nearly 10% of New York's
electricity needs by 2025. The State’s current renewable energy and climate
goals include a target of installing 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035.
In his address, the governor also reinforced New York's aim to create a
green jobs training program to address the need for an energy workforce.
First, the Excelsior Automotive Technician Task Force will broaden the
scope of its work to include electric vehicles. New York State will invest
an additional $40 million — for a total investment of $100 million —
over the next five years to build a talent pipeline of clean energy workers
and provide the existing workforce with opportunities to enhance their
skills. In addition, SUNY Farmingdale and Stony Brook will formally solicit
partners for the $20 million Offshore Wind Training Institute, so that
training can begin in 2021.
The state will also put together a plan for authorising and building new
transmission capacity to bring clean and renewable power to areas that
need additional electricity capacity, prioritising using existing rights
of way. The plan will include upgrading the grid with smart new technology
that increases the capacity and effectiveness of the system, such as battery
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Image source: Andrew
Cuomo by Pat Arnow