U.S. Congressman Max Rose has called on New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to support the offshore wind development at Arthur Kill Terminal on Staten Island.
In a letter to Cuomo, Rose states that the port project would provide more than USD 400 million in economic benefits and would place New York at the center of the offshore wind industry on the East Coast.
According to the Congressman, the successful development of the Arthur Kill Terminal would provide critical support for the offshore wind industry and create hundreds of jobs and revenue for Staten Islanders and their businesses.
The project is estimated to contribute USD 410 million in gross regional product through contracts with regional subcontractors and would provide good-paying union jobs.
“The Arthur Kill Terminal is the most suitable site in New York for offshore wind development, and with your support will not only spur regional economic growth, but also a more reliable energy for New Yorkers,” Rose wrote.
“Under your leadership, New York has committed to leading the nation in developing offshore wind energy, a necessary step in diversifying our energy sources and moving toward a more resilient economy. However, states such as Connecticut, New Jersey and Virginia are also competing for similar investments, so it is critical that we act expeditiously to develop an offshore wind supply chain based in New York through the Arthur Kill Terminal port project.”
Last year U.S. port developer Atlantic Offshore Terminals LLC revealed plans to develop the Arthur Kill Terminal as the first offshore wind pre-assembly port facility.
To remind, New York has set a goal of achieving 9GW of offshore wind capacity by 2035, which is currently the most ambitious target set by a U.S. state.
New York’s second-ever offshore wind solicitation is expected to be issued this year, offering at least 1GW of capacity.