Expanding wind power, both land-based and offshore, is essential to meeting New York’s clean energy goals. If we are to achieve 50% renewable energy by 2030 and play a leading role in addressing the climate crisis, we must accelerate the development of wind farms in our state.
Western and Central New York are prime regions for a flourishing wind industry. Wind turbines can’t be placed too close to each other, but where space allows–as it does in this area–the land in between can be used for other things. With their many farms and abundant wind resources, these regions would benefit from installing
wind turbines that would enable farmers to generate additional income while not sacrificing prime agricultural land. Land-based wind projects also create local jobs, as well as funding for the community through PILOTs (payment in lieu of taxes) and other community benefits agreements.
Recognizing the urgent need to accelerate large-scale renewable energy projects, NYCP has begun working with allied organizations, including Mothers Out Front, Alliance for Clean Energy New York, and Sierra Club, to develop a strategy to build on-the-ground support for wind projects.
New Yorkers for Clean Power advocates for the development of utility-scale offshore wind power off the coasts of Long Island and New York City. Investing in offshore wind will help jump-start an entire new industry, bringing high-wage jobs and manufacturing opportunities.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the wind energy off New York’s coastline alone could generate 40,000 megawatts— enough to power more than 11 million homes. Offshore wind is the largest untapped renewable power resource in New York.
NYCP’s allies at the NY Offshore Wind Alliance helped win a major victory with Governor Cuomo’s announcement committing New York State to 2400 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030.