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Carbon Trust helps New York prepare for offshore wind future

A picture from Cathie Associates visit to the US’ first commercial offshore wind farm; Block Island.

July 19 (Renewables Now) - Carbon Trust Advisory Ltd and Frazer Nash Consultancy have prepared a report that provides recommendations for a floating LiDAR deployment aimed at gathering wind resource data off the coast of New York state.

The Carbon Trust said in a statement it has provided advice to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on how to deploy cost effective wind resource measurement technology, using the experience it gained Europe. The goal is to generate bankable data to improve the financing of future offshore wind projects in US waters.

The so-called Metocean Plan includes recommendations that cover all aspects of deployment of a floating Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system. The plan draws on recent publications from The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme.

Earlier this year, New York governor Andrew M Cuomo proposed a target to develop up to 2.4 GW of wind projects off the coast of the state by 2030. NYSERDA has since been working closely with coastal communities and the fishing and maritime industries to identify suitable offshore wind sites.

The US got its first offshore wind farm last year and there are several projects under development in Atlantic coastal states.

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