New York power agencies and partners will be exploring offshore wind transmission options, focusing on large-scale projects in Europe, the state’s governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday.
The study, whose results are expected in the autumn, aims to provide learnings from the different transmission and interconnection models employed in Europe. It will be led by the New York Power Authority, which will partner on the initial phase of the research with New York Independent System Operator, Con Edison, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and Long Island Power Authority will collaborate with NYPA on the initial phase of the research.
The study is in support of Cuomo’s goal for 2,400 MW of offshore wind by 2030 and the state's target of getting 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2030.
In July, the Public Service Commission authorised the issuance of phase 1 solicitations in 2018 and 2019 for 800 MW of offshore wind. The study will allow the state to apply learnings from Europe for its phase 2 procurements, according to the announcement.
The New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan estimates transmission costs could account for 30% of the total costs of an offshore wind development.
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