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About Us

About This Effort

The 2018 Offshore Wind Master Plan for New York included the development of collaborative, science-focused Technical Working Groups to advise the State about offshore wind energy development. The four Technical Working Groups focus on jobs and supply chain issues, commercial and recreational fishing, maritime activities, and environmental issues.


As defined in the Plan, the Environmental Technical Working Group (E-TWG) advises the State about “measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate anticipated impacts on wildlife during offshore wind energy development activities,” including:

  • Development of wildlife best management practices

  • Identification of research needs and coordination

  • Multi-agency coordination for adaptive management

  • Creation of a framework for an environmental conservation fund


The E-TWG meets up to four times annually. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and other state agencies provide the E-TWG with oversight and direction, and use group recommendations and discussions to inform decision making. See the E-TWG Charter for more information.

The Fisheries Technical Working Group (F-TWG) is working to enhance coordination and communication between the fishing community and the offshore wind industry, to disseminate information regarding existing data, and to support scientific and technical research. Visit the F-TWG website to learn more.

April 12, 2023: Paper published on the TWGs: "Effective Stakeholder Engagement for Offshore Wind Energy Development: The State of New York's Fisheries and Environmental Technical Working Groups"

A new paper has been published on the Fisheries Technical Working Group and Environment Technical Working Group (F-TWG and E-TWG; collectively, “the TWGs”). Read the paper here.

Photo credits: White-winged Scoter © Daniel Poleschook

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