The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has secured a grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to administer a nationwide research and development (R&D) consortium for the offshore wind industry.
To be created by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium will bring together industry, academia, government and other stakeholders to support the growth of the offshore wind industry in the US.
As per the terms of the grant, NYSERDA will also coordinate the consortium’s collaborative R&D activities, with research findings to be used to further advance technologies in a bid to minimise offshore wind cost in the country.
New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo said: “New York leads the nation in its commitment to renewable energy, and offshore wind is an affordable clean energy source that will power our future.
“This consortium cements our role as the national capital of the offshore wind industry and will drive innovation and development, support job creation and bolster our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a cleaner, greener New York for all.”
The consortium will receive support through a public-private partnership including the offshore wind industry, utilities, research laboratories, and other states.
For this project, NYSERDA has teamed with Carbon Trust and the Renewables Consulting Group to establish an industry-led and independent group with a nationwide focus.
Currently, the consortium includes New Jersey and California and will be reaching out to other states to join soon.
DOE’s national laboratories will also receive an additional $2m to support consortium R&D activities.
Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo released a comprehensive New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan for the cost-effective development of 2.4GW of offshore wind by 2030, which will be enough energy to power up to 1.2 million homes in the state.