Deepwater Wind, the company behind the first U.S. offshore wind farm, is looking into using South Brooklyn Marine Terminal as a staging area for one of its potential offshore wind projects.
In addition, the developer is considering a partnership with two local companies, a freight-transport facility Red Hook Container Terminal and Industry City, an innovation and manufacturing district in Brooklyn, according to Bloomberg.
Reportedly, Deepwater Wind is planning to develop an offshore wind project off the south coast of Long Island that would power the New York City. The project site would be located within a 127-square mile wind energy area off New York.
According to the information on the US Bureau of Ocean Management’s (BOEM) website, the New York area is in the Area Identification stage of the leasing process, during which BOEM will identify areas for environmental analysis and consideration for leasing.
The news about the potential project powering New York City and its effect on the local industry comes after more than 100 New Yorkers gathered in front of the City Hall to thank the New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio for his plan to power 100% of City government operations with renewable energy and urge him to make the City an early leader in offshore wind power.
Last year, Deepwater Wind responded to a Request for Information to identify new generation capacity for renewable energy, put forward by New York City’s administration led by Mayor de Blasio.
Furthermore, Sierra Club yesterday said the state of New York sets a new standard for clean energy and climate leadership, with the dedication of State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who recently moved forward a 10-year USD 5 billion Clean Energy Fund to advance wind, solar, energy efficiency and other clean tech industries.
Mary Anne Hitt, the director of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign, said: “Now, Governor Cuomo has additional opportunities at his fingertips to ensure New York becomes a model – even a gold standard – for clean energy and climate leadership. At the state level, New York is already ahead of the pack by being a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and Governor Cuomo can raise their ambition, by leading the RGGI states to set stronger goals to cut carbon pollution and invest in smart clean energy and transmission options.
“He can also provide the necessary support for offshore wind to be built off the Atlantic Coast to power the state and provide high quality jobs. The Governor can commit to a long term, large-scale offshore wind program for New York.”
In January, Governor Cuomo revealed the initiative to start a USD 5 million project to set up the New York Offshore Wind Master Plan.
Offshore WIND Staff