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New York is seeking organisations to upgrade its ports infrastructure as part of efforts to improve the offshore wind energy industry.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA),  the Empire State Development (ESD) and the New York Department of Transportation will manage the released Requests for Proposals.

Up to $200 million has been set aside to upgrade New York’s ports infrastructure as part of the initiative to open up the offshore wind industry.

The ports will serve as a hub for the broader northeast region’s offshore wind industry.

Today’s announcement advances Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation-leading Green New Deal goal to develop 9,000MW of offshore wind energy by 2035.

Alicia Barton, CEO of NYSERDA, said: “With the 13th largest economy in the world, a wealth of existing port infrastructure and the largest commitment to offshore wind in the nation, New York is uniquely positioned to be the epicentre of this exciting new industry in the US. Today’s announcement is a major step in advancing the next generation of infrastructure upgrades needed for New York’s ports to support this growing industry while helping us reach economies of scale faster, develop a domestic supply chain more quickly and efficiently, and utilize ports and support developments all along the East Coast.”
 
Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Eric J. Gertler said, “Providing the proper infrastructure needed to advance Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading, off-shore wind programme will ensure that New York State will lead the way towards a clean energy future which is estimated to create more than 1,600 jobs, result in $3.2 billion in economic activity and position New York State as an important hub of the nation’s growing offshore wind industry.”
  
The offshore wind goals of both New York State and the broader northeast region now exceed 20,000MW and are expected to create $70 billion in capital expenditure revenue opportunities for businesses in the US.