The New York State Building & Construction Trades Council has joined the New York Offshore Wind Alliance, which is made up of more than two dozen environmental, business, labor, wind industry and community organizations supporting offshore wind in the Empire State.
Other alliance members include the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Long Island Association, the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation, Renewable Energy Long Island, Deepwater Wind, Ørsted and many others. A full list of members can be found here.
“The New York Offshore Wind Alliance is proud to welcome the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council and its more than 200,000 union workers to the fight for a cleaner environment, renewable energy and a stronger economic future for New York,” says Joe Martens, director of the New York Offshore Wind Alliance and a former commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has set a goal to have 50% of New York’s power generated by renewable energy sources by 2030. In his 2017 State of the State address, he directed the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop an Offshore Wind Master Plan to advance projects that could power more than 1.25 million homes. NYSERDA is expected to release a procurement plan that outlines options for purchasing offshore wind energy and complete the master plan by the end of this year.
“Our members have the experience, training and expertise necessary to complete large, complex projects like this on time and on budget,” comments Jim Cahill, president of the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council. “The New York State Building & Construction Trades Council commends Governor Cuomo’s pro-growth agenda overall and in particular his commitment to offshore wind and renewable energy. The council looks forward to working with the NY Offshore Wind Alliance to bring those jobs and that green energy to New York.”