Danes Bolster New York Offshore Wind Ties

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that supports the continued cooperation regarding strategies and solutions for the development of offshore wind energy.

This agreement is said to recognize the shared common interest in developing offshore wind energy and reflects New York’s commitment to learn from Europe as an industry leader in offshore wind energy as a clean and sustainable energy source.

The work and learning that will result from the state’s partnerships in this area will better enable New York to fulfil Governor Andrew Cuomo’s goal to obtain 2,400MW of new offshore wind generation by 2030.

Lars Christian Lilleholt, Denmark’s Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate said: “I am very proud that Denmark has signed an MOU with New York. We are delighted to share the lessons that we have learned over the years with NYSERDA. In our experience, offshore wind provides affordable, reliable and clean energy, while creating scores of jobs and growing the economy. I hope that our collaboration will help New York to develop its abundant offshore wind energy resources.”

Under the agreement, NYSERDA, which is leading the development of offshore wind on behalf of the State, and the Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate will work to exchange expertise and knowledge in the development of offshore wind energy, including areas such as infrastructure, supply chain, workforce development, and procurement solutions. This collaborative partnership will build upon the foundation of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, which was released earlier this year by Governor Cuomo and will guide the state in the responsible and cost-effective development of offshore wind.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said: “New York has all of the assets required to become a global hub for this emerging industry; through this collaboration, we can take the lessons learned from Europe to ensure the cost-effective and robust development of this environmentally and economically beneficial resource.”

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