NYC Mayor Announces Plan for $191m Offshore Wind Project

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced a 15-year plan to make the city a global leader in the offshore wind industry.

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September 28, 2021

Author : Alex Bustillos

The City says the plan will lead to a number of benefits once implemented. Those benefits include making New York City powered 100-percent by clean electricity by 2040 and carbon neutral by 2050, create 13,000 jobs and generate $1.3 billion in average annual investment, ensure 40 percent of job and investment benefits are directed towards women, minorities and “environmental justice communities,” and reduce 34.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.

A number of New York City and State were quoted in the press release from NYCEDC including the mayor, NYCEDC CEO and President Rachel Loeb, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Representative Jerry Nadler, and more. Their endorsements of the plan can be read on the NYCEDC website.

“New York City will make commitments focused on three core areas: sites and infrastructure, business and workforce, and research and innovation,” the press release states. “The city will work to develop best-in-class infrastructure that will support the construction and operation of offshore wind farms. The plan outlines how the city will expand its manufacturing sector to build, stage, and install wind turbines, and ensure they can be serviced and powered locally.”

Additionally, the city plans to make targeted investments to support workforce development and support local businesses to get in on the action. Minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) and other local companies will be supported with the city’s assessment of “70 billion expected to be created by the offshore wind industry.”

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