Offshore wind project advances New York’s clean energy goals

The approval of an offshore wind project will advance New York toward one of the nation's strongest clean energy goals.

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Mary Katherine Moore
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The approval of an offshore wind project will advance New York toward one of the nation's strongest clean energy goals.

On Aug. 17, the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management approved the South Fork Wind project, which will deliver offshore wind power to New York’s mainland. In 2019, New York set one of the nation's most ambitious clean energy targets, committing to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040. Now, the South Fork Wind project will bring the state closer to that goal, producing up to 132 megawatts of renewable electricity — enough to power around 70,000 homes and businesses. 

“South Fork Wind is the latest of several projects to move through federal review,” said Emma Searson, Environment America’s 100% Renewable Energy campaign director. “Thanks to the Biden administration’s continued commitment, we’re finally tapping into the renewable energy goldmine of our offshore wind resources.”

Environment America favor more offshore wind projects along the Atlantic Coast. 

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Photo: According to an Environment America Research & Policy Center report, New York has the technical potential to meet its electricity needs more than 10 times over with wind and solar energy. Credit: Ben Paulos via Wikimedia Commons CC BY 2.0

Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.