New York Governor calls for 2.4GW offshore wind

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 11/01/2017 4C Offshore
Andrew Cuomo by Pat ArnowNew York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has called on the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to approve the Deepwater One 90MW South Fork offshore wind project and to commit to develop up to 2.4GW of offshore wind power by 2030.

In his state-of-the state speech, Cuomo confirmed that a path on how to implement 2.4GW will be contained in New York's Offshore Wind Master Plan, slated to be completed by the end of 2017. The Governor explained that 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.

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

"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."

In his address, Cuomo confirmed that offshore wind is critical to meeting New York's goal of sourcing 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, as outlined in his Clean Energy Standard.

The first step towards the goal will be greenlighting the South Fork project located 30 miles southeast of Montauk, out of view from the coast. Cuomo explained that the project is the first step toward developing an area that could potentially host up to 1,000MW of offshore wind power.

The 15 turbine project, under development by Deepwater Wind, is expected to produce enough energy to power approximately 50,000 homes and could enter construction as early as 2019, subject to a power purchase agreement which is still under consideration by LIPA.

A decision from LIPA is scheduled to be made on the 25th January after it was delayed at the request of the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority to align the proposed Long Island project with the State’s offshore wind master plan and the State’s Clean Energy Standard.

Further to the South Fork project, Cuomo has called upon state agencies to ensure that Statoil's 79,000 acre lease area off of the Rockaway Peninsula is developed in a cost-effective manor for customers. Statoil won the rights to the 800MW site as the result of a blind auction held in December 2016. The company won with a bid of $42.5m (approximately £35m or €40m) which equates to roughly $132m/km2 (£108/km2 or €118/km2).

In addition, Governor Cuomo directs the Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to undertake a comprehensive study to determine the most rapid, cost-effective, and responsible pathway to reach 100 percent renewable energy statewide. The State will engage academic partners to draw upon existing clean energy research and seek input from other key stakeholders.