New York City is planning a 15-year, $191 million Offshore Wind Vision (OSW) program, in order to make the region a leading destination for the offshore wind industry.
he program aims to help the city achieve its goal of 100% clean electricity by 2040 and carbon neutrality by 2050.
Under the plan, detailed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), New York City will make commitments focused on three core areas:
- Sites and infrastructure;
- Business and workforce;
- Research and innovation.
The city will also work to develop infrastructure that will support the construction and operation of offshore wind farms.
The plan describe how the city will expand its manufacturing sector to build, stage, and install wind turbines, and ensure they can be serviced and powered locally. It also commits the city to develop public-private partnerships with communities to create good-paying, green jobs in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
More specifically, the city will focus on targeted investments to develop workforce training and support businesses that seek to create a diverse talent pool in offshore wind.
The plan also aims to support Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), as well as other local companies in accessing more than $70 billion.
When we talk about a green economy we are really talking about reliance on renewable energy and the jobs of the future coming together. We are proud to bring this vision to New York – to help meet our long-term sustainability goals and grow a new industry
stated New York City Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Rachel Loeb.