New York State’s commitment under the Clean Energy Standard requires that 50 percent of the State’s electricity come from renewable energy sources. To support that goal, WSP worked closely with the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) to contribute to the first-of-its-kind New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan. The plan lays out a path for responsible and cost-effective development of 2.4 gigawatts (GWs) of offshore wind — enough to power 1.2 million homes.
This high-profile, two-year effort attracted significant interest and involvement from a wide variety of stakeholders, from government and developers to commercial fishing interests and coastal landowners. WSP’s resource area experts developed 11 of 20 studies on environmental, social, economic, regulatory and infrastructure considerations to help the State identify—and justify—the most favorable areas for offshore wind energy development.