April 27th, 2021
Wind energy development in the Great Lakes could help New York achieve its ambitious clean energy goals. We’re excited to be helping the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on its journey to explore sustainable energy options for the future.
We are pleased to announce that we have been selected by NYSERDA to team with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and The Brattle Group, Inc. on a Great Lakes Wind Feasibility Study for New York.
The team will examine and assess interconnections, port infrastructure, wind technologies, site conditions, geohazards, wind resources, environmental, maritime, economic, workforce, and social aspects of wind development in Lakes Erie and Ontario. The team will prepare cost reduction pathways, permit roadmaps, scenario development, environmental sensitivity models, potential development timelines, and visual impact assessment to inform feasibility.
NREL is leading the technological and financial studies; Brattle Group, Inc. is leading the interconnection study; and Advisian Worley Group is leading environmental, regulatory, and user conflict studies and supporting NREL’s economic and geohazards assessments. We are assessing relative risks associated with environmental compliance and impacts, visual effects, and mitigation and providing information on public health benefits, environmental justice, effects to disadvantaged communities, and decarbonization benefits.
We will also consider barriers that have impeded offshore wind on the US East and West coasts as they relate to Great Lakes Wind. Our extensive experience in offshore wind and other offshore infrastructure development in the US provides context for potential risks and opportunities in the Great Lakes.