Support New York Offshore Wind

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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.

Sincerely,

Members, EOPA-New York

    
Ricardo Adams Steven Alpert Rachel Barnhart Charles Barone Joyce Becker
CommisionerTrusteeCounty LegislatorTrusteeBoard Member
Rochester City School District Village of SuffernMonroe CountyVillage of SuffernTown of Bethlehem
     
John Bouvier Benjamin Boykin IIPhilip Boyle Neil Breslin Jabari Brisport
CouncilmemberCounty LegislatorState SenatorState SenatorState Senator
Town of SouthamptonWestchester CountyDistrict 4District 44District 25
     
Keith Brown Mickey Cleary Daniel Coffey Kitley Covill John Crawford
State AssemblymemberCounty LegislatorBoard MemberCounty LegislatorAlderperson
District 12Albany CountyTown of BethlehemWestchester CountyCity of Olean
     
James Creighton Joanne Cunningham Maureen Cunningham Steven Cymbrowitz Deborah Dawson
CouncilmemberCounty LegislatorCouncilmemberState AssemblymemberCounty Legislator
Town of CortlandtAlbany CountyTown of BethlehemDistrict 45Tompkins County
     
John Deer Anthony Del Plato Arnold Drucker Beroro Efekoro Robert Elsner
CouncilorTrusteeCounty LegislatorCounty LegislatorCouncilor
Town of ManliusVillage of InterlakenNassau CountyAlbany CountyTown of Massena
     
Catherine Fahey Patricia Fahy Delia Farquharson Ginnie Farrell Dennis Feeney
CouncilmemberState AssemblymemberCouncilmemberCouncilmemberCounty Legislator
City of AlbanyDistrict 109City of Mount VernonCity of AlbanyAlbany County
     
Samuel Fein Elizabeth Feldman Joel Gagnon Carolyn Greenwald Anthony Grice
County LegislatorCouncilmemberSupervisorTrusteeCouncilmember
Albany CountyVillage of OssiningTown of DanbyVillage of LansingCity of Newburgh
     
Mitch Gruber Beau Harbin Ronny Hardaway Gary Herzig Michelle Hinchey
CouncilmemberCounty LegislatorMayorMayorState Senator
City of RochesterCortland CountyVillage of LansingCity of OneontaDistrict 46
     
Thomas Hoey Rod Howe Marshall Hyde Andrew Joyce Douglas Koop
CouncilmemberSupervisorCouncilmemberChairAlderperson
City of AlbanyTown of IthacaCity of CorningAlbany CountyCity of Kingston
     
Anne Koreman Liz Krueger Mary Kuhn Beatriz LeBron Lynne Lekakis
County LegislatorState SenatorCounty LegislatorCommissionerCounty Legislator
Tompkins CountyDistrict 28Onondaga CountyRochester City School DistrictAlbany County
     
Dana Levenberg Laura Lewis Warren Lucas Mary Lupien Michele Madigan
SupervisorAlderpersonSupervisorCouncilmemberCommissioner of Finance
Town of OssiningCity of IthacaTown of North SalemCity of RochesterCity of Saratoga Springs
     
Zohran Mamdani Richard Materese Rick Matters David Mayo Gary McCarthy
State AssemblymemberSupervisorBoard MemberCounty LegislatorMayor
District 36Town of UnionTown of East GreenbushAlbany CountyCity of Schenectady
     
John McDonald IIIMatthew Miller Ramona Monteverde William Murray Francis Murray
State AssemblymemberCounty LegislatorCouncilmemberTrusteeMayor
District 108Albany CountyCity of NewburghVillage of New PaltzVillage of Rockville Centre
     
Sarah Nappa Ducson Nguyen Steven Noble Joseph OBrien Felix Ortiz Jr
CouncilmemberAlderpersonMayorCounty LegislatorState Assemblymember
SoutholdCity of IthacaCity of KingstonAlbany CountyDistrict 51
     
Sylvia Overby Catherine Parker Michael Patino Carmel Patrick Matthew Peter
ChairCounty LegislatorTrusteeCouncilmemberCounty Legislator
Town of East HamptonWestchester CountyVillage of Dobbs FerryCity of SchenectadyAlbany County
     
John Polimeni Dustin Reidy Bill Reinhardt Robert Restaino Bill Ricard
CouncilmemberCounty LegislatorCounty LegislatorMayorCounty Legislator
City of SchenectadyAlbany CountyAlbany CountyCity of Niagara FallsAlbany County
     
Angela Riley Carlina Rivera Thomas Roach JrMartha Robertson Edward Romaine
CouncilmemberCouncilmemberMayorCounty LegislatorSupervisor
City of BinghamtonDistrict 2City of White PlainsTompkins CountyTown of Brookhaven
     
Michelle Roman Susan Ryan Richard Ryan Mary Frances Sabo Christopher Schaeffer
MayorCounty LegislatorCouncilmemberBoard MemberCouncilmember
City of LockportBroome CountyTown of LagrangeTown of North GreenbushTown of Pomfret
     
MaryJane Shimsky Ramona Smith Frank Soda Sue Steele Albert A Stirpe Jr
County LegislatorCouncilorCouncilmemberCouncilorState Assemblymember
Weshchester CountyCity of RomeCity of Niagara FallsCity of TroyDistrict 127
     
Kathie Talbot Al Taylor Fred Thiele JrRick Touchette Austin Tylec
CouncilmemberState AssemblymemberState AssemblymemberCounty LegislatorAlderperson at Large
City of PeekskillDistrict 71District 1Albany CountyCity of North Tonawanda
     
David VanLuven Carole Weaver Robin Wilt Mark Witmer Ken Zalewski
SupervisorCounty LegislatorCouncilmember At LargeSupervisorCouncilmember
Town of BethlehemRensselaer CountyTown of BrightonTown of CarolineCity of Troy
     
Stefani Zinerman     
State Assemblymember    
District 56   

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