The US state of New York has launched a plan to install 2.4 GW of offshore wind power capacity by 2030, to help the state reach its target of 50% of all electricity coming from renewables by the same year.

The New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, first announced by New York's Governor Andrew M Cuomo earlier this year, sets a target for the state to procure at least 800 MW of offshore wind over the next two years. As part of the plan Cuomo has announced US$15 million of funding to develop port infrastructure in the state and train a new clean energy workforce.

State agencies have been instructed to evaluate the best ways to develop port infrastructure, with an aim to make New York 'the undisputed home for offshore wind in the US'.

'While the federal government continues to turn its back on protecting natural resources and plots to open up our coastline to drilling, New York is doubling down on our commitment to renewable energy and the industries of tomorrow', said Governor Cuomo.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has estimated that an offshore wind industry in New York could create 2,000 jobs in operations and maintenance, 2,700 jobs in manufacturing and 350 jobs in project management and development, as well as generating US$6 billion worth of investment for the state.

Meanwhile, the state of New York is also celebrating a 1,000% growth in solar power since 2011, which has leveraged around US$2.8 billion in private investment and supported around 12,000 jobs. As of the end of 2017, New York had over 78,000 solar projects totalling 970 MW, compared to 9,000 projects and 83 MW and the end of 2011.

 

Extract from p6, Energy World magazine, March 2018