New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is committed to installing 800MW of offshore wind with two projects scheduled for 2018 and 2019.
The state of New York wants to set a goal of reaching 2.4GW of offshore wind energy by 2030, enough to power 400,000 New York households. It is also launching an initiative to create 1500MW of energy storage by 2025, while employing 30,000 New Yorkers.
Governor Cuomo said, ”New Yorkers know too well the devastation caused by climate change, and in order to slow the effects of extreme weather and build our communities to be stronger and more resilient, we must make significant investments in renewable energy. With this proposal, New York is taking bold action to fight climate change and protect our environment, while supporting and growing 21st century jobs in these cutting-edge renewable industries.”
According to the 20th Proposal of 2018 State of the State: Governor Cuomo is directing NYSERDA to invest $15 million in clean energy workforce development and infrastructure advancement to train workers for jobs in this good-paying industry, including offshore wind construction, installation, operation, maintenance, design and associated infrastructure.
Governor Cuomo has also created an Energy Affordability Policy (costing the state $260 million) to limit energy pricing in an effort to help low-income New Yorkers.