We, the undersigned elected officials, support the responsible development of offshore wind for New York to create jobs, lead America’s clean energy economy, and protect our state from the worst impacts of the climate emergency.
Superstorm Sandy highlighted New York’s vulnerability to the climate emergency and the urgency for rapid deployment of renewable energy. The storm’s destruction cost our region 159 lives and $75 billion. Without immediate action, much of New York’s coastline will be lost under a projected 8 feet of sea level rise by the end of the century, along with the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. According to the Regional Plan Association, sea level rise in the New York Metropolitan Region will threaten 285,000 homes valued at $164 billion by 2100.
To achieve a carbon-free power grid by 2040, New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act(CLCPA) set a nation-leading offshore wind mandate of 9,000 megawatts by 2035, enough to power 30% of New York State’s electricity needs or 6 million homes. New York currently has five offshore wind projects in active development, which is the largest planned offshore wind deployment in the nation, totaling more than 4,300 megawatts (MW) and representing nearly half of our state’s 9,000 MW mandate.
Offshore wind development will be a major economic driver for New York State, creating thousands of good-paying sustainable jobs, and billions in economic investment in port facilities that support the offshore wind industry, from Long Island to Albany and host of other supply chain businesses.
From the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, New York State is uniquely positioned to benefit from offshore wind energy development. The Atlantic Seaboard has the potential to produce more than four times our current energy demand, and almost double the projected demand in 2050. New York’s strong, consistent offshore wind coupled with a wide, shallow continental shelf is perfectly suited for offshore wind deployment using existing technology.
New York is a member of the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Energy Consortium, which supports the efficient and responsible review of proposed offshore wind energy projects in the Great Lakes. Offshore wind potential in the Great Lakes is more than 700 gigawatts, representing one-fifth of America’s total offshore wind potential.
The Biden Administration has signaled through its recent actions that the federal government is a partner to the states in scaling up offshore wind development, which is essential for New York to reach its CLCPA mandate. Governor Cuomo and governors of nine Northeast states have committed to work with President Biden to accelerate offshore wind development.
Support for offshore wind development is growing rapidly. Businesses, community groups, environmental justice organizations, labor unions, and environmental groups all want to see offshore wind developed responsibly to help grow jobs and better health outcomes. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) conducted 20 studies and engaged with stakeholders and the public to create the offshore wind Master Plan to determine the most responsible and cost-effective pathways for developing offshore wind energy.
To ensure the economic benefits of offshore wind are shared equitably, in accordance with the CLCPA, frontline communities must be included in the manufacturing, development, and generation of offshore wind power. The law requires 35% of benefits accrue to underserved communities.
New York can lead our nation in developing America’s offshore wind power, which has the potential to meet 90% of total U.S. energy demand by 2050. We’re at the vanguard of a new clean, renewable energy industry that will generate thousands of jobs, create prosperity for our communities, improve our health, and help protect our coastlines. Offshore wind is essential for a prosperous, healthy, and just future for New York.
Members, EOPA-New York
|Ricardo Adams||Steven Alpert||Rachel Barnhart||Charles Barone||Joyce Becker|
|Commisioner||Trustee||County Legislator||Trustee||Board Member|
|Rochester City School District||Village of Suffern||Monroe County||Village of Suffern||Town of Bethlehem|
|John Bouvier||Benjamin Boykin II||Philip Boyle||Neil Breslin||Jabari Brisport|
|Councilmember||County Legislator||State Senator||State Senator||State Senator|
|Town of Southampton||Westchester County||District 4||District 44||District 25|
|Keith Brown||Mickey Cleary||Daniel Coffey||Kitley Covill||John Crawford|
|State Assemblymember||County Legislator||Board Member||County Legislator||Alderperson|
|District 12||Albany County||Town of Bethlehem||Westchester County||City of Olean|
|James Creighton||Joanne Cunningham||Maureen Cunningham||Steven Cymbrowitz||Deborah Dawson|
|Councilmember||County Legislator||Councilmember||State Assemblymember||County Legislator|
|Town of Cortlandt||Albany County||Town of Bethlehem||District 45||Tompkins County|
|John Deer||Anthony Del Plato||Arnold Drucker||Beroro Efekoro||Robert Elsner|
|Councilor||Trustee||County Legislator||County Legislator||Councilor|
|Town of Manlius||Village of Interlaken||Nassau County||Albany County||Town of Massena|
|Catherine Fahey||Patricia Fahy||Delia Farquharson||Ginnie Farrell||Dennis Feeney|
|Councilmember||State Assemblymember||Councilmember||Councilmember||County Legislator|
|City of Albany||District 109||City of Mount Vernon||City of Albany||Albany County|
|Samuel Fein||Elizabeth Feldman||Joel Gagnon||Carolyn Greenwald||Anthony Grice|
|Albany County||Village of Ossining||Town of Danby||Village of Lansing||City of Newburgh|
|Mitch Gruber||Beau Harbin||Ronny Hardaway||Gary Herzig||Michelle Hinchey|
|Councilmember||County Legislator||Mayor||Mayor||State Senator|
|City of Rochester||Cortland County||Village of Lansing||City of Oneonta||District 46|
|Thomas Hoey||Rod Howe||Marshall Hyde||Andrew Joyce||Douglas Koop|
|City of Albany||Town of Ithaca||City of Corning||Albany County||City of Kingston|
|Anne Koreman||Liz Krueger||Mary Kuhn||Beatriz LeBron||Lynne Lekakis|
|County Legislator||State Senator||County Legislator||Commissioner||County Legislator|
|Tompkins County||District 28||Onondaga County||Rochester City School District||Albany County|
|Dana Levenberg||Laura Lewis||Warren Lucas||Mary Lupien||Michele Madigan|
|Supervisor||Alderperson||Supervisor||Councilmember||Commissioner of Finance|
|Town of Ossining||City of Ithaca||Town of North Salem||City of Rochester||City of Saratoga Springs|
|Zohran Mamdani||Richard Materese||Rick Matters||David Mayo||Gary McCarthy|
|State Assemblymember||Supervisor||Board Member||County Legislator||Mayor|
|District 36||Town of Union||Town of East Greenbush||Albany County||City of Schenectady|
|John McDonald III||Matthew Miller||Ramona Monteverde||William Murray||Francis Murray|
|State Assemblymember||County Legislator||Councilmember||Trustee||Mayor|
|District 108||Albany County||City of Newburgh||Village of New Paltz||Village of Rockville Centre|
|Sarah Nappa||Ducson Nguyen||Steven Noble||Joseph OBrien||Felix Ortiz Jr|
|Councilmember||Alderperson||Mayor||County Legislator||State Assemblymember|
|Southold||City of Ithaca||City of Kingston||Albany County||District 51|
|Sylvia Overby||Catherine Parker||Michael Patino||Carmel Patrick||Matthew Peter|
|Chair||County Legislator||Trustee||Councilmember||County Legislator|
|Town of East Hampton||Westchester County||Village of Dobbs Ferry||City of Schenectady||Albany County|
|John Polimeni||Dustin Reidy||Bill Reinhardt||Robert Restaino||Bill Ricard|
|Councilmember||County Legislator||County Legislator||Mayor||County Legislator|
|City of Schenectady||Albany County||Albany County||City of Niagara Falls||Albany County|
|Angela Riley||Carlina Rivera||Thomas Roach Jr||Martha Robertson||Edward Romaine|
|City of Binghamton||District 2||City of White Plains||Tompkins County||Town of Brookhaven|
|Michelle Roman||Susan Ryan||Richard Ryan||Mary Frances Sabo||Christopher Schaeffer|
|Mayor||County Legislator||Councilmember||Board Member||Councilmember|
|City of Lockport||Broome County||Town of Lagrange||Town of North Greenbush||Town of Pomfret|
|MaryJane Shimsky||Ramona Smith||Frank Soda||Sue Steele||Albert A Stirpe Jr|
|County Legislator||Councilor||Councilmember||Councilor||State Assemblymember|
|Weshchester County||City of Rome||City of Niagara Falls||City of Troy||District 127|
|Kathie Talbot||Al Taylor||Fred Thiele Jr||Rick Touchette||Austin Tylec|
|Councilmember||State Assemblymember||State Assemblymember||County Legislator||Alderperson at Large|
|City of Peekskill||District 71||District 1||Albany County||City of North Tonawanda|
|David VanLuven||Carole Weaver||Robin Wilt||Mark Witmer||Ken Zalewski|
|Supervisor||County Legislator||Councilmember At Large||Supervisor||Councilmember|
|Town of Bethlehem||Rensselaer County||Town of Brighton||Town of Caroline||City of Troy|
*Titles reflect elected position at the time of signing.