NYSERDA $5m support for metocean data

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is making up to $5m available to support meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) data collection off the New York coast in areas with the potential for future offshore wind development.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Access to better meteorological and oceanographic data will enable New York to meet its ambitious offshore wind energy goals while protecting New York’s coastal resources and marine environment. Deploying this metocean data collection technology builds on the more than 20 robust studies the state completed over the past two years in support of the New York Offshore Wind Master Plan and reinforces Governor Cuomo’s steadfast commitment to safeguarding our natural resources for generations to come.”

NYSERDA is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to collect metocean information about the wind resources off New York to help advance offshore wind development and secure more wind resource data for wind farm developers to reduce uncertainty about site conditions. Metocean and other data will also be made available to the public.

The project will deploy two buoys, for approximately two years, equipped with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) systems, remote sensing equipment that uses pulsed laser light to determine wind speeds at altitude.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Responsibly sited renewable energy developments are a critical part of the state’s comprehensive efforts to tackle climate change. Through creation of the draft Ocean Action Plan, DEC and partners have continued to work with stakeholders to identify sensitive offshore habitats that potential energy developments should avoid. We are working with NYSERDA, Department of State, the commercial fishing industry, and other partners as this process advances to ensure potential energy developments do not degrade our economically important marine ecosystem."

Funding will be divided as part of a competitive solicitation; one area of focus is permitting, hardware, deployment, maintenance and decommissioning and the other area focuses on data analysis, data storage and data presentation.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) recently initiated the area identification process by issuing a Call for Information and Nominations for identifying and leasing additional wind energy areas in the New York Bight.

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