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Cuomo goes deep for offshore

Governor supports 90MW South Fork, 2.4GW by 2030

Cuomo goes deep for offshore image

New York State governor Andrew Cuomo is throwing his weight behind offshore wind with calls to approve the 90MW South Fork project and a pledge to develop 2.4GW by 2030.

Details of this “unparalleled commitment” will be outlined in the Offshore Wind Master Plan, to be completed by the end of 2017, Cuomo (pictured) said in a state-of-the-state address on Tuesday.

The projects will be developed out of view from the coast and in close collaboration with local communities and stakeholders.

Offshore wind is “critical” to meet New York’s 50% by 2030 clean energy standard, he said.

As a first step, Cuomo urged the Long Island Power Authority to approve a power purchase agreement for Deepwater Wind’s 15-turbine South Fork scheme, located 30 miles southeast of Montauk in the 1GW Rhode Island-Massachusetts wind energy area.

The proposed project is the most innovative and least cost way to meet the growing power needs of the South Fork and to provide cleaner energy for Long Island, he said.

Contract negotiations are close to final and LIPA is expected to vote on the deal at a 25 January meeting.

The governor also called on the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to work with Statoil to ensure its project 17 miles off the Rockaway Peninsula is developed cost-effectively and responsibly to customers.

Statoil paid a record $42.5m for the 79,000-acre New York lease area in a December auction.

In addition, Cuomo directed state agencies to determine the most rapid, cost-effective and responsible pathway to reach 100% renewable energy statewide

The state will engage academic partners to draw upon existing clean energy research and seek input from other key stakeholders.

Image: NY State

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