In a recent offshore wind conference held in New York on October 24, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul has reiterated that New York is committed to the Paris climate agreement despite what is going on the U.S. capital. The one reason why this is possible that the development of the wind energy sector has not become a political issue in the state.
Hochul has noted that she believes New York in on the way to becoming the global hub for the offshore wind industry and Statoil’s New York offshore wind energy project, has apparently has the potential of generating capacity of over 1 GW, has been named Empire Wind. Working on a huge 79,350-acre site leased off the coast of New York, the offshore wind energy project is considered one step ahead for New York in achieving its renewable energy commitments.
Highlighting the fact that New York is hard-wired to face greatest challenges, the lieutenant governor recounted that the state has tackled challenges such as the Erie Canal, which began operation in 1825. Especially for the sector of offshore wind, New York has committed to develop a capacity of nearly 2,400 MW by the year 2030.
Along with the bipartisan support to the development of the wind energy sector, the state also has always been committed to innovation, added Hochul, pointing to the work in this sector that NYSERDA is undertaking. She also added that the state is investing towards creating a better future for offshore wind energy by creating a master plan for offshore wind energy.