Virtual Session for the State of the Science Workshop 2022

The final session of the 2022 State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy will take place fully virtually on September 21st, 10:30-12:30 EDT. This session will be held on Zoom and is open to all those who registered for the Workshop. The session includes a series of eight presentations, followed by a panel Q&A discussion including all speakers. Presentations are listed in the agenda, and abstracts can be found in the Book of Abstracts (page 39-46) available here. Attendance does require free virtual workshop registration, which is still open here.

Opportunity for Public Feedback on Wildlife Research Priorities Database

The E-TWG regional synthesis workgroup is hosting an open Zoom meeting on September 28th, 2022 (11 am – 12:30 pm EDT) to present the database development process and a beta version of the database for stakeholder input. If you are interested in participating in this discussion, please register for the meeting here. Opportunities for written feedback will also be available following this meeting. Learn More.

South Fork Wind and Environmental Organizations Sign Agreement to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

South Fork Wind, a joint venture of Ørsted and Eversource, announced it has signed an agreement with leading environmental organizations to further enhance measures designed to protect the North Atlantic right whale during construction and operations of the offshore wind farmLearn More. 


Environmental Mitigation Plan Meeting

September 20, 2022

State of the Science Workshop Virtual Session

September 21, 2022

Regional Synthesis Public Meeting

September 28, 2022

The New York State Environmental Technical Working Group (E-TWG) is a team of stakeholders that provides advice on how to advance offshore wind energy development in environmentally responsible ways. 

What is the Environmental Technical Working Group (E-TWG)?

The E-TWG is an independent advisory body to the State of New York with a regional focus on offshore wind and wildlife issues in the eastern U.S. It is comprised of offshore wind developers and science-based environmental non-government organizations (NGOs), as well as state and federal wildlife regulatory agencies. 


The E-TWG helps promote environmentally responsible advancement of offshore wind development through (1) regional collaboration and (2) advice and guidance to New York State.

E-TWG Objectives

  • Improve our understanding of, and ability to manage for, potential effects of offshore wind energy development on wildlife.

  • Develop transparent, collaborative processes for identifying and addressing priority issues relating to wildlife monitoring and mitigation.

  • Reduce permitting risk and uncertainty for developers by improving clarity in expectations and processes for wildlife monitoring and mitigation.

Who We Are

The E-TWG is led by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and includes offshore wind developers with active leases between Massachusetts and North Carolina; science-based environmental NGOs with expertise on offshore wind energy issues; state agency representatives from Massachusetts to Virginia; and federal agencies with offshore wind and wildlife jurisdiction. Learn more


E-TWG Charter

The Charter describes the mission, objectives, and tasks proposed for the Environmental Technical Working Group. Learn more

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