New York sets target for 800MW of offshore wind by 2019

Signal of change / New York sets target for 800MW of offshore wind by 2019

By Ella-Louise Micallef / 10 Apr 2018

At the 2018 State of the State address, the Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo set a goal to acquire 800 MW of offshore wind by the end of 2019.  This will result in enough renewable energy to power 400,000 New York households, and is part of a more ambitious goal by the governor to sequester 2,400 MW of offshore wind power by 2030.

So what?

With other states on the East Coast of America committing to similar targets, including New Jersey and Massachusetts, the region is likely to become a hub for offshore wind power. CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Alicia Barton believes that the combined commitments of the East Coast states will lead to economies of scale that will bring costs down, and points to Europe as an example of where this has been a success.  

Sources

https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2018/03/09/new-york-is-moving-aggressively-to-harvest-its-offshore-wind/#4afd2f7511f6

https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/offshorewind

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