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.
Photo credits: White-winged Scoter © Daniel Poleschook