Offshore wind power holds enormous promise for New York State. The waters off the Rockaways alone could generate up to 700 megawatts of electricity – enough to power 245,000 homes. And it can’t happen soon enough: to prevent further ocean acidification, sea level rise, and other harms of climate change, New York must build offshore wind. According to a study by Mark Jacobson, New York State should devote 40% of its energy generation to offshore wind, in order to transition to 100% renewable energy.
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Sane Energy Project is encouraging both New York City and New York State to make solid commitments to purchase offshore wind power. We are a member of the WinWindNY coalition, which has published letters to Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor De Blasio, urging them to make a strong commitment to offshore wind to help power New York’s transition to 100% renewable energy.
Sometimes, we have to kill the bad ideas before the good ideas can take hold. In January, 2015, we presented this powerpoint to the NY City Council, outlining the advantages of offshore wind over a proposed fossil fuel project, which was later vetoed due to our coalition efforts.
Sane Energy Project and Citizen Action NYC convened a statewide roundtable in the summer of 2015, in which we explored the impacts of offshore wind and strategies for working toward the ultimate goal of bringing offshore wind power to New York State. The findings of that gathering continue to inform our strategy.