The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) says it has hired Gregory Matzat, P.E., to assist in the development of large-scale wind projects and help meet the state’s goal for 50% renewable energy by 2030.
Formerly senior advisor for offshore wind technologies at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Matzat led and directed the department’s offshore wind activities, including its demonstration program, a $168 million initiative. In addition to providing offshore wind know-how, he provided technical and management expertise to support all areas of the wind and water power technologies office.
Matzat is currently vice chairman of the Webb Institute Board of Trustees, a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and a licensed professional engineer in New York and New Jersey.
In his recent State of the State address, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo committed to building an additional 300 wind turbines by 2020 and creating a $5 million master plan for offshore wind.
In Matzat’s role at NYSERDA, he will work to develop grid-connected clean energy resources to satisfy the state’s renewable and environmental goals. In addition, he will serve on a team that will build and strengthen strategic partnerships with industry; academic institutions; state, federal and local organizations; and nonprofits.
“As a lifelong New Yorker, I am excited to join the team at NYSERDA. With renewable energy, you have the potential to have it all – clean energy, local economic benefits and energy security,” comments Matzat. “While the cost of renewables has come down substantially, there is still work to be done, particularly with new technologies such as offshore wind. I look forward to working at NYSERDA to help create an environment that encourages the development of large-scale renewables in New York that benefit all New Yorkers.”