NYSERDA Stakeholder Engagement Guiding Principles

Stakeholder input is a critical component for the responsible development of renewable energy resources for New York State. The newly developed Stakeholder Engagement Guiding Principles are intended to support developers as they design their Stakeholder Engagement Plans, which, similar to existing Environmental and Fisheries Mitigation Plans, will be required in future NYSERDA solicitations for Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificates. Learn More.

NYSDERA RFP for Acoustic and Oceanographic Surveys to Support Offshore Wind Development in the New York Bight

One of the most pressing data needs, for conducting required environmental reviews and reducing risk to both development and wildlife, is contemporary baseline data on environmental variables and species’ presence or absence in proposed development areas. NYSERDA seeks to select contractors to undertake passive acoustic monitoring and autonomous surface or underwater vehicle surveys of the New York Bight Proposed Commercial Lease areas. Both survey methods will provide data on the presence and movement of marine mammals in the New York Bight, as well as oceanographic data that can help understand wildlife presence and Cold Pool operation. Learn More.

Events

There are no scheduled E-TWG events at this time

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. 

Mission

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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