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Danish duo back NY offshore

Hjelmsted Consulting and NIRAS hired as strategic advisors to US state

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Danish consultancies Hjelmsted Consulting and NIRAS will be strategic advisors to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on tenders for offshore wind sites off the US state's coast.

The contract also includes evaluation and development of the state’s master plan for offshore wind, which NYSERDA is responsible for, the companies said.

NIRAS market director Pernille Skyt said: “We will be able to support NYSERDA in making a strong strategy and planning which can provide the basis for low prices on electricity from offshore wind farms, among other things by helping to minimize risks and ensure security for developers before the tendering process starts.

New York state has published a draft master plan for offshore wind, which focuses initially on a 320 square km area off Long Island but eventually a much large sea area, the consultancies said.

Image: Long Island, New York state (Wikimedia Commons)

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