New York State is pushing back on oil drilling and pursuing clean offshore wind power energy. The first step is to create 800MW of power generated by offshore wind in 2 years.
According to the long-awaited state report, which was released on Monday, an offshore wind farm would result in a $6 billion industry and creates 5000 jobs.
New York State has been conducting research, analysis, and outreach since 2016 “to evaluate the potential for offshore wind energy development and to inform the State’s path for meeting its goal of 2,400 MW of offshore wind energy generation by 2030”.
The “Master Plan” which was a result of 20 studies and engaged the public, sets “New York’s comprehensive strategy” to reach that goal of developing 2,400 MW of offshore wind energy by 2030—”enough clean, renewable energy to power 1.2 million New York households”.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has set a target of 3,500 MW of offshore wind for his state by 2030.