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Opportunity for Stakeholder Community Input on Draft Guidance 

 An expert committee of the New York State Offshore Wind Environmental Technical Working Group (E-TWG) has developed draft guidance for pre- and post-construction monitoring to detect changes in marine bird distributions and habitat use. The committee is seeking stakeholder input on the draft guidance until November 13.  Learn more

Release: Recommendations for Regional Environmental Research

 An expert committee of the New York State Offshore Wind Environmental Technical Working Group (E-TWG) has released guidance for conducting regional environmental research and monitoring efforts in relation to offshore wind energy development. Learn more

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. 

Events

Upcoming E-TWG Meeting

September 11, Building Energy Exchange, Manhattan

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

Photo credits: Offshore windfarm © Chuyuss - shutterstock

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