FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2018
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New York Offshore Wind Alliance Praises NYSERDA
for RFP to Begin Offshore Wind Procurement for NY
NYSERDA Following Through on Governor’s Pledge
to Procure 800 MW of Offshore Wind Power by 2019
Opportunity to Begin Creating Thousands of Jobs and Billions in Economic Activity, Growing New Clean Energy Industry in New York
ALBANY, NY – The New York Offshore Wind Alliance praised today’s release of a solicitation by NYSERDA to begin the process of competitively awarding contracts to accomplish Governor Cuomo’s commitment to procure 800 MW of offshore wind by 2019.
Offshore Wind Alliance Director Joe Martens said: “The release of the state’s first ever competitive offshore wind procurement by NYSERDA is momentous and is the next step in the Governor’s unwavering commitment to secure at least 800 MW of this clean, renewable, carbon-free energy source by 2019. Thanks to Governor Cuomo, New York’s path to offshore wind energy has been thorough, thoughtful and smart. The state’s leadership in moving aggressively to harness offshore wind power will lead to thousands of jobs, greater energy diversity, new businesses and indeed, a new American clean energy industry.”
The Alliance, a statewide coalition of environmental, business and labor groups, continues to urge swift action by the state so that New York can move quickly to become the hub of this burgeoning clean energy economy and reap the benefits that come from being a national offshore wind leader.
Offshore wind is an essential component to meeting the Governor’s goal of having 50 percent of New York’s electricity generated by renewable energy sources by 2030.
“New York’s offshore wind initiative could lead to upward of $6 billion in economic activity, 13,200 new jobs and lower electric bills for New Yorkers, primarily in the downstate region, where rates are among the highest in the nation,” Martens said. “Today’s RFP further demonstrates the Governor’s commitment to continue quickly moving forward. We cannot move fast enough to responsibly develop this clean energy source.”
Martens noted that keeping to a tight schedule is essential to allowing offshore wind developers to maximize federal tax credits that are expiring. Those tax credits will help lower costs for consumers.
Gov. Cuomo’s plan would create enough offshore wind energy to power 1.25 million homes by 2030.
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About the New York Offshore Wind Alliance
The New York Offshore Wind Alliance (NYOWA) is a diverse coalition of nearly 30 organizations with a shared interest in promoting the responsible development of offshore wind power for New York. A project of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY), NYOWA has a particular focus on Governor Cuomo's goal of creating 2,400 MW of offshore wind power by 2030.
For more information see: www.aceny.org/NYOWA
And follow on Twitter: @NYOffshoreWind