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. 

2022 State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy Side Meetings

Two side meetings taking place Tuesday, July 26th for Workshop Registrants. Learn More. 

2020 State of the Science Workshop Proceedings available

The proceedings from the 2020 State of the Science Workshop are available here. The workshop, hosted by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in November 2020, was a great success, bringing together stakeholders to discuss the state of the knowledge regarding offshore wind development's cumulative effects on populations and ecosystems. Learn More.

Final Reports from New York Bight Digital Aerial Surveys Available

The final reports from an analysis of three years’ worth of aerial digital imagery collected on behalf of NYSERDA between 2016 and 2019 are now publicly available. These reports include data that provide support for the development of offshore wind in the New York Offshore Planning Area and comprises six volumes: a Summary Report; Methods, Results, Limitations, and Discussion; and four volumes of results covering birds, marine mammals, turtles, and sharks and rays. Learn More.

Events

State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy 2022

July 26-28, 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. 

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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