The New York offshore wind master plan was recently published by New York State, outlining a pathway to building 2.4GW by 2030, generating $6 billion worth of investments in jobs and infrastructure. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) spearheaded the development of the plan that encourages the development of offshore wind, while taking into account environmental, maritime, economic and social issues, and addressing market barriers and aiming to lower costs.

We played a key role in these studies, producing the Workforce Opportunity of Offshore Wind In New York report and contributing to the Offshore Wind Policy Options Paper.

For the workforce analysis, we developed a narrative of how the New York supply chain could develop under a range of scenarios. We used these as a basis for quantifying the demand created for workers in New York using an in-house economic model developed specifically to calculate employment numbers in offshore wind. Our team working on this report was led by Alun Roberts.

In the policy options paper, Giles Hundleby led our team that wrote sections showing how levelised cost of energy (LCOE) would reduce from the first projects to later ones, through learning, bigger projects and turbines and maturing of local supply chains. We also provided spatial LCOE analysis showing the cost of different locations and the impact of alternative grid connection strategies.

All the 20 studies used in the development of the plan can be found on the NYSERDA website.