New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced this week his support for an offshore wind study in New York State, as proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The New York Power Authority-led study will look at how offshore wind transmission has been developed outside of New York State, with a focus on ownership structures, business models and financing approached, as well as how transmission development is governed, according to a press release issued by the Assembly.
Results of the study are expected this fall.
“The East End has a thriving economy,” said Mr. Thiele. “The protection of our environment and
quality of life has been the key to our prosperity. That success has resulted in an increased demand for energy. The development of renewable energy sources, such as offshore wind energy, as a
replacement for fossil fuel is critical as we combat the problems associated with climate change. It is also the most viable option for continued energy independence for Long Island.”
According to Governor Cuomo, the study will look at successful offshore wind transition models and will be conducted with New York power agencies and their partners. The goal, according to Mr. Thiele, is that the findings of the study will enable the state and offshore wind developers to implement major clean energy projects in place in a cost-effective manner, reducing ratepayer costs and moving the state closer to its renewable energy goals. New York has called for at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind power from existing lease areas and 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030.
The South Fork Wind Farm, proposed by Deepwater Wind, is expected to be the largest offshore wind project in the country to date.
“Consistent with my vision for our energy future, I have generally supported the goal of the State of New York’s REV (Reforming the Energy Vision) for the development of renewable energy, including offshore wind. I applaud the Governor’s leadership in conducting this ever-important
study that will greatly benefit the East End, and all of New York,” said Assemblyman Thiele stated. “I also understand the concerns of the commercial fishing industry regarding the development of offshore wind projects. I have worked with the commercial fishing industry to address their legitimate and
too-often ignored concerns about federal quotas and state licensing regulations, and the Governor’s study must take these concerns into consideration. The potential impacts to the fishing industry must be identified, addressed, and avoided.”