New York allocates USD 5m for offshore wind data collection

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May 2 (Renewables Now) - The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will provide up to USD 5 million (EUR 4.2m) for meteorological and oceanographic data collection in areas with the potential for future offshore wind development.

NYSERDA is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to gather more detailed metocean information about the wind resources off New York. The project includes deploying two buoys equipped with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) systems for a period of two years. They will be used to measure environmental data such as wind speed and direction at turbine hub-height, wave and current measurements.

The funding will be provided through a competitive solicitation, with one area focusing on permitting, hardware, deployment, maintenance and decommissioning, and the other on data analysis, data storage and data presentation.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has set a goal of achieving 2,400 MW of offshore wind by 2030. Another statewide objective is to have 50% of its power coming from renewables by the same year. To reach those goals, the state plans issue two solicitations this and next year to secure a combined total of at least 800 MW of offshore wind power.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.832)

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