The 2020 State of the Science Workshop on Offshore Wind will take place at Rye Brook, New York, on May 5-6. Hosted by NYSERDA, the workshop will focus on assessing the state of knowledge regarding wind development's cumulative effects on populations and ecosystems. Registration and the call for abstracts are now open. Learn more

NYSERDA's Strategic plan, 'Toward a Clean Energy Future: A Strategic Outlook 2020-2023' was published in January 2020, and summarizes multi-year objectives, ongoing efforts, and areas of focus for 2020-2023 related to offshore wind. Learn more.

In January 2020, NYSERDA filed a petition to initiate a regulatory proceeding seeking Commission authorization to issue a 2020 offshore wind solicitation, addressing Governor Cuomo's announcement that in 2020, NYSERDA should issue its second solicitation for offshore wind facilities. Learn more.


5-6 May 2020

State of the Science on Offshore Wind

Rye Brook, New York

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

Photo credits: Offshore windfarm © Chuyuss - shutterstock


The Environmental Technical Working Group (E-TWG) is a New York State outreach and collaboration effort with environmental stakeholders and offshore wind energy developers.

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