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Wildlife and Offshore Wind

A Stakeholder Engagement Process to Advance Environmentally Responsible Development of Offshore Wind Energy for New York State

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



New York State Offshore Wind Solicitation
In November 2018, New York issued a competitive solicitation to buy 800 megawatts (MW) or more of energy from new offshore wind projects. This solicitation is intended to help to ensure that offshore wind resources are developed in a way that is sensitive to environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues. The solicitation addresses the interests of ocean users such as commercial and recreational fishing and environmental stakeholders by requiring mitigation plans, which will be informed by New York’s technical working groups. 

Appendix E in the solicitation describes the required elements of the Environmental Mitigation Plan.

First State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy Development
The State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy Development was held November 13-14, 2018 at The Inn at Fox Hollow, Woodbury, Long Island. Click here for more information.

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



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

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.


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