New York Offshore Wind Alliance Adds New Labor Partners

For Immediate Release

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Joe Martens, 518.432.1405 ×224 (o), 518.300.0945 (m), jmartens@aceny.org

Anne Reynolds, 518.432.1405 ×222 (o), 518.248.4556 (m), areynolds@aceny.org

Kathleen Gasperini, 518.432.1405 x 226 (o), 310.895.0368 (m) kgasperini@aceny.org

New York Offshore Wind Alliance Adds New Labor Partners

Offshore Wind Energy Holds Huge Potential for Good Paying Jobs and Economic Development

                                                                                       

ALBANY, NY (April 24, 2019) — The New York Offshore Wind Alliance today announced that the Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the Long Island Federation of Labor have added their powerful voices to the nearly 30 environmental, labor and business organizations that support the responsible development of offshore wind.

“The New York Offshore Wind Alliance welcomes the Building and Construction Trades Council and the Long Island Federation to our growing alliance as we continue to build momentum for a cleaner energy future in New York and across the nation,” said Joe Martens, Director of the New York Offshore Wind Alliance (NYOWA).

“No state is more aggressive in its pursuit of responsible offshore wind energy than New York.  The goals Governor Cuomo has laid out and the steps that the New York Energy Research and Development Authority have executed will help expand existing businesses, start new ones and revitalize New York’s ports and maritime infrastructure,” Martens said. “New York can be the epicenter of this new American industry and capture many of the jobs that go with it.”

"The Building and Construction Trades Council could not be more supportive of NYOWA’s efforts to help jumpstart a new U.S. industry right here in New York, and Long Island is perfectly positioned to be its staging ground," said Matthew Aracich, the Council’s President. "Long Island’s strong union workforce is ready to get to work on offshore wind.”   

“The Governor’s 9,000 MW offshore wind goal will require thousands of new workers, and the Long Island Federation is committed to preparing and mobilizing Long Island’s workforce to meet the challenge,” said John R. Durso, President of the Long Island Federation of Labor. “This is a golden opportunity not only for Long Island, but for the country, to transition to a clean energy future that will help secure our economic future. We’re pleased to add our voice to NYOWA’s choir calling for the rapid and responsible development of offshore wind off of Long Island’s coastline.”

Governor Cuomo has proposed increasing the state’s Clean Energy Standard (CES) to a nation-leading 70% renewable electricity generation by 2030 and increasing the state’s offshore wind goal to 9,000 MW by 2035. The state can’t achieve 70% renewable generation without the 9,000 MW of offshore wind, making offshore wind a key part of this ambitious clean energy goal. “The growing interest of offshore wind companies signals that the private sector is ready and willing to invest in New York, and Long Island’s unionized workforce is ready to help New York achieve its clean energy goals. This investment is critical and demonstrates our commitment to addressing climate change,” Martens said.

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About the New York Offshore Wind Alliance: The New York Offshore Wind Alliance (NYOWA) is a diverse coalition of organizations with a shared interest in promoting the responsible development of offshore wind power for New York.  NYOWA is a project of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY). www.aceny.org/NYOWA