Governor Urges Approval of Nation's Largest Offshore Wind Energy Project Off Long Island Coast; Unprecedented Commitment to Develop up to 2.4 Gigawatts of Offshore Wind Power by 2030, Enough to Power 1.25 Million Homes Directs State Agencies to Determine Cost-Effective and Responsible Pathway to Reach 100 Percent Renewable Energy Statewide New Plan to Lower Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Cap by 30 Percent Between 2020 and 2030 Governor Announces Agreement to Close Indian Point by 2021 – 14 Years Earlier than Anticipated Under Federal Re-licensing Terms “I’m calling on LIPA to approve a 90 megawatt wind farm… It will be the largest offshore wind project in our nation’s history...Its jobs. It’s clean energy and it’s inexpensive energy which then drives the economy. And we are not going to stop there. We have a mandate of 50 percent renewable power by the year 2030. We want to get 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030 and we are not going to stop until we reach 100 percent renewable because that’s what a sustainable New York is really all about.”
This week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled a series of bold proposals to lead the nation in the fight to combat climate change. The Governor called on the Long Island Power Authority to approve the nation's largest offshore wind farm – a 90 megawatt offshore wind project 30 miles southeast of Montauk that will not be visible from Long Island's beaches. He also proposed an unprecedented commitment to develop up to 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030, enough power generation for 1.25 million homes and the largest commitment in U.S. history. He also directed DEC and NYSERDA to undertake a comprehensive study to determine the most rapid, cost-effective, and responsible pathway to reach 100 percent renewable energy statewide.
Building on the success of the Clean Energy Standard, the Governor also announced that New York State has made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions an additional 30 percent below 2020 levels by 2030. This marks the nation’s first regionally-based bipartisan initiative to reduce power sector carbon emissions. In the past three years, emissions have consistently been below cap levels, from 5 percent below the cap in 2014 to a projected 8 percent below the cap in 2016.
In addition, Governor Cuomo announced the closure of the Indian Point Energy Center by April 2021. Under the agreement, Entergy has agreed to end all operations at the facility, with plans to shut down Indian Point Unit 2 as early as April 2020 and Unit 3 in April 2021. All workers at the plant will be offered new jobs at other Entergy facilities, and the state will offer retraining in new renewable energy industries. The state will be able to generate more than enough electrical power to replace Indian Point’s capacity by 2021 through transmission upgrades and new, fully permitted generation sources, including clean, renewable hydropower.
VIDEO of Governor Cuomo calling for the approval of the nation's largest offshore wind energy project off the coast of Long Island and unveiling his unprecedented commitment to develop up to 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030 is available is available on YouTube here and in high quality TV (h264 format) here.
VIDEO of the Governor announcing the closure of Indian Point is available on YouTube here and in high quality TV (h264 format) here.
More information is available on the nation’s largest offshore wind farm here; the RGGI cap here; and the closure of Indian Point here.