NYOWA is working hard to promote the responsible development of offshore wind (OSW) off of New York’s coastline. We have been enormously successful so far and our strength comes from the diversity and size of our membership. NYOWA consists of offshore wind developers, national, regional and local environmental and civic organizations, labor unions and offshore wind related businesses.
Due in large part to the urging of NYOWA and its members, NYS has the most sophisticated and comprehensive Offshore Wind Master Plan that provides a roadmap for OSW development. NY has set nation-leading goals for OSW development; first, 2,400 megawatts (MW) by 2030, now 9,000 MW by 2035. The NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) has adopted an OSW Order directing the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to procure 800 MW or more of offshore wind, and subsequently NYSERDA put out a first ever OSW Request for Proposal in the fall of 2018. Responses are due in February 2019 and award(s) are expected by this summer. NYOWA pushed for and participated in each step of this push for OSW. Now we need to keep the momentum alive and ensure that NYSERDA awards those contracts, the federal government leases new areas for future development and new RFP’s are developed each and every year until we hit the 9,000 MW goal.
So please join and help us get there!
We work with our members to hammer out our goals and policy positions. Then, with these goals in hand, we head to the Governor’s Office, Public Service Commission, NYSERDA, the NYS Legislature, and other arenas to ensure they happen. We participate in PSC proceedings affecting OSW; we contract for studies that will help inform state government decision making, we work closely with NYSERDA to help inform the procurement process; we monitor activities at the NYISO that affect the market for OSW; and in the Legislature, we check in frequently to see what they are hearing from their constituents and answer any questions they may have.
By joining NYOWA, we increase your organization’s visibility and network and help you participate in NY policymaking. Membership with NYOWA allows you to take an active, meaningful role in promoting the responsible development of OSW. Joining NYOWA is a way to expand your influence, keep in touch with other organizations that share similar goals and help ensure that OSW is developed thoughtfully and responsibly off of NY’s coastline.
Our job at NYOWA is to keep our members informed with accurate and timely information, and to work hard to influence policy making to promote the responsible development of OSW.