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Wildlife and Offshore Wind

Announcements and Upcoming Events


Announcements:

NYSERDA has selected five multi-year projects totaling more than $2 million dollars to study important environmental and commercial fishing topics related to offshore wind energy development. Topics include developing solutions to ensure access to fishing grounds, the inclusion of fishermen's knowledge in decision-making, understanding linkages between forage fish and marine predator behaviors and distributions, modeling oceanographic dynamics in the New York Bight, and developing guidelines for nano-tag transmitters to monitor birds and bats in relation to offshore wind energy development. These projects will help advance New York's ambitious renewable energy goals. Learn More

 

In July 2019, Governor Cuomo annouced the winners of New York's first comprehensive offshore wind solicitation: the Empire Wind Project (Equinor U.S. Holdings, Inc.) and Sunrise Wind Project (Bay State Wind LLC). Combined, both projects will total 1,700 megawatts, enough to power over 1 million homes. Learn More

 


Upcoming Events:

June 25, 2019 - E-TWG Meeting, New York, NY.

New York State Environmental Technical Working Group

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is bringing together a team of stakeholders for advice on how to advance offshore wind energy development in environmentally responsible ways. BRI is supporting NYSERDA in this effort.

 

NYSERDA Lead: Greg Lampman

BRI Lead: Kate Williams

If you are interested in receiving updates regarding the Environmental Technical Working Group, please send a blank email with subject "Add to E-TWG email list" to julia.gulka@briloon.org

LATEST NEWS

NYSERDA Selects Five Projects to Advance Understanding of Environmental and Fishery Topics in Support of Responsible Offshore Wind Development
NYSERDA has selected five multi-year projects totaling more than $2 million dollars to study important environmental and commercial fishing topics related to offshore wind energy development. Topics include developing solutions to ensure access to fishing grounds, the inclusion of fishermen's knowledge in decision-making, understanding linkages between forage fish and marine predator behaviors and distributions, modeling oceanographic dynamics in the New York Bight, and developing guidelines for nano-tag transmitters to monitor birds and bats in relation to offshore wind energy development. These projects will help advance New York's ambitious renewable energy goals. Learn More

Governor Cuomo Executes the Single Largest Renewable Energy Procurement by Any State in U.S. history
In July 2019, Governor Cuomo annouced the winners of New York's first comprehensive offshore wind solicitation: the Empire Wind Project (Equinor U.S. Holdings, Inc.) and Sunrise Wind Project (Bay State Wind LLC). Combined, both projects will total 1,700 megawatts, enough to power over 1 million homes. Learn More

 

 

Events

25 June 2019 - Environmental Technical Working Group meeting, New York City - agenda presentations meeting summary

12 February 2019 - Environmental Technical Working Group meeting, New York City - agenda presentations meeting summary

13-14 November 2018 - State of the Science Workshop, Long Island - agenda  more information

17 July 2018 - Environmental Technical Working Group meeting, New York City - agenda  presentations  meeting summary

3 May 2018 - Environmental Technical Working Group meeting, New York City -  agenda  presentations  meeting summary

 

About This Effort

The Offshore Wind Master Plan for the State of New York includes the formation of a collaborative and science-focused Environmental Technical Working Group (E-TWG). The E-TWG oversees Specialist Committees and provides multi-partisan advice and guidance to the State about measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate anticipated impacts on wildlife during offshore wind energy development activities.

 

Who We Are

Offshore wind energy developers, environmental non-governmental organizations (eNGOs), government agencies, and other subject matter experts are advising the state on how to proceed with developing offshore wind energy in ways that protect wildlife and the environment. 

 

State of the Science Workshop

The first State of the Science Workshop was held November 13-14, 2018. Hosted by NYSERDA, this workshop brought together stakeholders engaged with environmental and wildlife research relevant to offshore wind energy development.
 

Archive

Our archive page provides links to meeting agendas, past meeting minutes, reports, and other documents.
 
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