Feds fund NY offshore push
$600,000 to help boost development of up to 860MW
New York State has won about $600,000 in federal funding to help boost development of 860MW of offshore wind in the region.
The New York State Energy Research Development Authority in partnership with Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the Clean Energy States Alliance will work on strategies to grow the industry at the scale needed to reduce costs and establish a regional supply chain.
The group plans to produce a detailed regional roadmap to increase adoption of local and regional offshore wind policies and projects.
NYSERDA is targeting 860MW of offshore wind capacity in the region, which would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 1.23 million metric tons. New York was one of four states to share a $2m pot from the US Department of Energy under the State Energy Program 2015 Competitive Awards. Maine, Tennessee and Virginia also received funding for energy planning.
Another $3m was split among eight states to promote innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy practices.