New York State
Environmental Technical Working Group
Across Acoustics Podcast: Save the Fishes!: Offshore Wind Farm Noise and Aquatic Life
Kate Williams, director of the Center for Research on Offshore Wind and the Environment at Biodiversity Research Institute, and Dr. Arthur Popper, Emeritus Professor from the University of Maryland, were interviewed for the Across Acoustics podcast. The podcast is based on a paper published in JASA in 2022, which was a revision of the 2020 State of the Science Workgroup report for fishes and aquatic invertebrates. Listen to the podcast here. Learn more.
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Opens Third Offshore Wind Solicitation of Between 1.2 GW and 4 GW
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) voted to open the application window for the State’s third solicitation for offshore wind capacity. The third solicitation seeks to award between 1.2 GW and 4 GW of offshore wind capacity, building on the previously awarded 3.75 GW. Learn more.
Atlantic Offshore Wind Environmental Research Recommendations Database
The Regional Synthesis Workgroup of the E-TWG has developed a database or research needs and data gaps that compiles and synthesizes existing efforts so that researchers and funders can easily access, sort, and further prioritize topics. Learn more.
Recordings of all 2022 State of the Science Workshop Sessions Now Available
The final session of the 2022 State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy was held virtually on September 21st. Following the final session, all session recordings, including those from the in-person meeting in July are publicly available on the E-TWG website. Learn more.
Upcoming E-TWG Meeting
The next E-TWG meeting is scheduled for March 9th, 2023.
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.
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
The Charter describes the mission, objectives, and tasks proposed for the Environmental Technical Working Group. Learn more
Photo credits: Offshore windfarm © Chuyuss - shutterstock