State of the Science Updates

The draft scientific program is now available here

New York's second offshore wind solicitation announced

On July 21 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced New York's second offshore wind solicitation, which seeks up to 2,500 Megawatts of renewable energy. Learn more.

State of the Science Workshop goes virtual

The State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy 2020: Cumulative Impacts will be held virtually in response to COVID-19. Plenary presentations and Q&A panel discussions will occur throughout the week of November 16-20, with smaller taxon-specific working meetings in late 2020 and early 2021, and a final group webinar in the spring of 2021. Learn more.

2018 Workshop Proceedings

The Workshop Proceedings from the 2018 State of the Science Workshop are available for download here.


16-20 November 2020

The State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy 2020 will be held virtually.

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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