For Immediate Release: 4/6/2018
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released the following statement after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a call for information and nominations to identify additional wind energy areas in the New York Bight off New York's Atlantic Coast, supporting Governor Cuomo's Offshore Wind Master Plan to obtain 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.
"New York has made an unparalleled commitment to expanding offshore wind and leading in the clean energy economy, and I commend the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for supporting our efforts to develop a cleaner, more prosperous future.
"In New York, we are proud to have a nation-leading mandate to generate 50 percent of the state's electricity needs from renewable energy sources. To advance our clean energy goals, we are undertaking one of the largest offshore wind development plans in the country, which will power 1.2 million New York homes and create 5,000 good-paying jobs.
"While New York welcomes BOEM's support in advancing our offshore wind plan, I remain deeply concerned by the federal government's proposal to allow new offshore oil and gas drilling off our shores. New York has formally requested to be excluded from this offshore drilling plan, and we believe offshore wind is a better direction for our economy, for our environment and for our energy future."