On July 18, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed the most aggressive climate legislation in the United States. The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) requires 70 percent of the state’s electricity to be produced by renewable sources by 2030 and, by 2040, zero emissions from electric generation.
I’ve had a long career in the environmental arena. I’ve worked in the legislature, at the Adirondack Park Agency, the Open Space Institute and at the helm of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. I have helped craft and witnessed the passage of lots of progressive environmental laws. But passage of the “Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act” has me speechless.
After a five-year wait for details, Mayor de Blasio's Earth Day announcement that New York City would achieve its clean energy goals through a contract with Hydro-Quebec left a lot to be desired. ACENY Executive Director Anne Reynolds and NYOWA Director Joe Martens responded to the mayor's announcement with a letter of concern, noting a number of flaws in the plan.
Half of the ACE NY and NYOWA staff spent the past week in Houston, Texas, at the annual AWEA WINDPOWER2019 conference, which had a theme of Wind +. Between tacos and baseball games, we did find the time to listen, learn, and talk about all of the exciting trends in wind power across the United States. There were many moments of inspiration and some great advice about how to better do our work in New York. This year’s buzzword: hybrid. Another change: offshore wind is definitely and fully in the mainstream, no longer a side conversation at WINDPOWER.
One of the Atlantic Ocean’s most majestic and most endangered species will be provided new protections under an unprecedented agreement between three environmental groups and Vineyard Wind. The offshore wind developer, which has proposed a large-scale offshore wind project 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, agreed to protect the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale during the construction and operation of the project, which will be the first commercial-scale offshore wind facility in the U.S. (More information on the project area can be viewed here.)
To borrow my colleague Anne Reynold’s sentiments regarding the state of clean energy, in NY these days following Governor Cuomo’s State of the State and Budget Address, I’m not only feeling pretty good, I’m speechless. Thankfully that won’t stop me from writing about it.
What a difference a few years and visionary leadership can make. This morning, developers finished 32 rounds of bidding on areas of federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts designated for offshore wind power development. The three areas drew a collective total of just over $405 million. Moving from west to east, the winning bidders are Equinor Wind, Mayflower Wind Energy, and Vineyard Wind, with bids of $135 million, $135 million, and $135.1 million, respectively.
After years of study and planning, New York State has made good on Governor Cuomo’s promise to pursue at least 800 MW of offshore wind in 2018 and 2019. Last week, the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) released a request for proposals for 800 MW or more of offshore wind. The RFP is the culmination of a deliberative process that started with a Blueprint for Offshore Wind published in the fall of 2016, followed by the release in January 2018 of a NYS Offshore Wind Master Plan, followed by a Public Service Commission Order issued in August.
On September 20th, NYSERDA released a Draft Request for Proposals soliciting bids for up to 800 MW of offshore wind and requested interested parties to submit comments by October 5th. NYOWA submitted comments concerning two specific aspects of the RFP: the structure and timing of project labor agreements (PLAs) and the consultation process between bidders and state agencies. NYSERDA is reviewing the comments it received and anticipates putting a final RFP for a Phase 1 offshore wind procurement out before year’s end.
I’d like to call your attention to a new piece that bodes extremely well for the likelihood that offshore wind meets its tremendous potential in the Northeast.
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES PLAN DIRECTING THE PROCUREMENT OF APPROXIMATELY 800 MEGAWATTS OF OFFSHORE WIND TO JUMPSTART INDUSTRY
First Phase of Offshore Wind Procurement Will Support State's Overall Goal of 2,400 Megawatts of Offshore Wind by 2030
Will Support 5,000 New Manufacturing, Installation and Operation Jobs in Burgeoning Industry
Supports State's Nation-Leading Clean Energy Standard for 50% of Electricity to Come from Renewable Energy Sources by 2030 to Combat Climate Change
Seeing this tweet from Gov. Cuomo last week made me channel my inner Marv Albert and shout YESSSS!!!
The Governor was reacting to stories here and here that carried the headlines “Offshore wind farm could bring fabrication hub, hundreds of jobs to Brooklyn” and “Nation’s largest offshore wind farm proposes Sunset Park factory.”
Associated Press writer Steve Leblanc’s recent article [click here] concerning the Trump Administration’s support for offshore wind is an ocean of good news. Although the Administration’s focus is on “energy dominance,” offshore wind also brings a host of environmental and economic benefits.
ALBANY, NY – The New York Offshore Wind Alliance has submitted comments on the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement for the Procurement of Offshore Wind that highlight the many energy, environmental and economic benefits of developing offshore wind off the coast of New York State (PSC Case 18-E-0071).
I moderated a “Developers Roundtable” at the Advanced Energy Center conference yesterday in New York City. The CEOs in attendance had nothing but praise for New York’s Offshore Wind Master Planand they all agreed that the process New York was going through to put out an offshore wind procurement in 2018 was a good one.
Governor Cuomo has taken aggressive steps to keep New York on track to meet its clean energy goal of 50% renewable electric generation by 2030. He recently re-affirmed his commitment to offshore wind at a press event with former Vice President Al Gore — a doubling down that we vociferously applauded.
Today’s Crain’s includes this terrific piece from Roland Lewis, CEO of the Waterfront Alliance, a NYC-based coalition of more than 1,000 organizations dedicated to making the New York and New Jersey harbor a shared, resilient, and accessible resource for all. You can find and follow them on Twitter at @OurWaterfront.
NEW YORK, NY – The New York Offshore Wind Alliance today applauded Governor Cuomo’s “doubling down” on offshore wind as a way to provide cleaner energy and as many as 5,000 new jobs for New Yorkers.