New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Dear Offshore Wind Stakeholder,
We are excited to share with you that today, New York took a historic step in advancing the most ambitious and comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation in the country with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s signing of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) . The first action demonstrating New York State's unwavering commitment to fighting climate change was the accompanying announcement of the selection of two offshore wind projects for contract negotiation under NYSERDA’s first statewide procurement for offshore wind. This announcement by the Governor clearly underscores the State's drive to ensure New York as the hub for the United States’ burgeoning offshore wind industry and marks a major milestone in meeting New York's 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035, the largest commitment to offshore wind by any state in the country.
The two projects – Empire Wind (Equinor US Holdings, Inc.) and Sunrise Wind (Bay State Wind LLC, a joint venture of Ørsted A/S and Eversource Energy) – total 1,696 megawatts, enough to power more than 1 million New York homes. This commitment is the single largest renewable energy procurement by a state in U.S. history, with a greenhouse gas reductions impact of 4 million metric tons of CO2 avoided; equivalent to removing 830,000 cars from the road every year. Offshore wind helps put New York on a path to carbon neutrality and will help us achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040 and obtain 70 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, as enacted by the CLCPA.
The economic activity from these projects will be extraordinary, bringing $3.2 billion in private investments and supporting more than 1,600 jobs in development, manufacturing, installation, and operations and maintenance, while directly offering high-quality and well-paying careers with average salaries of approximately $100,000 per year backed by prevailing wage and Project Labor Agreements. The project investments will be joined by major state investments in workforce development and training through a new $20 million Offshore Wind Training Institute and a $3 million Community and Workforce Benefits Fund to create the institutional infrastructure to educate, train and employ New Yorkers. These investments will particularly benefit New York’s low-income and environmental justice communities, critical outcomes of the CLCPA and Governor Cuomo’s commitment to a just transition to clean power. The projects will also catalyze the first generation of major port infrastructure and supply chain investments at facilities in multiple regions of the state, including the Capital Region, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island, and will anchor the industry’s long-term home in New York State.
As a stakeholder and partner, your support and feedback has been instrumental in reaching today’s historic announcement. As this critical clean-energy industry grows in New York State and in the U.S., we look forward to continuing our work together to achieve New York’s nation-leading clean energy goals.
To learn more about the awarded projects and NYSERDA’s ongoing efforts to advance offshore wind, please join us for a public webinar on Wednesday, July 24 at 12:00 p.m. ET or at 7:00 p.m. ET.
The NYSERDA Offshore Wind Team