Announcements

New awards: Today, Governor Hochul announced that New York State awarded two offshore wind projects for contract negotiation from its fourth offshore wind solicitation – Empire Wind 1, a planned 810-megawatt project (developed by Equinor), and Sunrise Wind, a planned 924-megawatt project (developed by Ørsted and Eversource). This represents continued action taken by the State as part of New York’s 10-Point Action Plan to overcome macroeconomic and inflationary challenges impacting the renewable energy sector. NYSERDA will be hosting a webinar on the awarded projects on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Registration information is available here.

Calling all ports! Port infrastructure funding opportunities are open. The U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration announced the availability of up to $450,000,000 in funding with applications due April 30, 2024. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting applications under the Clean Ports Program’s Zero-Emission Technology Deployment Competition and the Climate and Air Quality Planning Competition. The Notice of Intent to apply is due March 28, 2024. Both applications are due May 28, 2024. For more information on federal grant opportunities, visit https://www.grants.gov/.

This website is intended to provide general information about the goals and status of the New York State Maritime Technical Working Group (M-TWG). Additionally, it offers access to resources related to the nexus of offshore wind, and maritime transportation and navigation sectors.

Note: This website is still under development and new functionality will be added in the coming months.

What is the Maritime Technical Working Group (M-TWG)?

The Maritime Technical Working Group (M-TWG) is an independent and non-decisional advisory entity made up of representatives from the maritime transportation sector, navigation community, and offshore wind developers who provide guidance and advice on how to responsibly implement New York State’s efforts to advance offshore wind energy development. State and federal agencies also are engaged in this group to provide technical experience and assist with coordination. The regional focus of this group is the New York/New Jersey Harbor and its approaches, including the New York Bight and Long Island Sound.  For more information on the New York State Offshore Wind TWGs, visit NYSERDA’s website.

M-TWG Mission

The mission of the M-TWG is to provide guidance to New York State in pursuit of offshore wind energy development by incorporating feedback from the maritime industry as it relates to commercial shipping impacts, navigational safety, and port and supply chain changes associated with offshore wind. New York State has established a mandate of 9,000 MW of installed offshore wind energy capacity by 2035. The information generated through the M-TWG will inform New York and its partners to potentially reduce or avoid navigational impacts that could result from offshore wind energy development.

M-TWG Goals

M-TWG members have articulated these four (4) goals to guide the working group’s initiatives:

    • Build and strengthen relationships among those who care about and work on commercial navigation matters
    • Provide a forum for collaborative, respectful deliberation and information exchange on important maritime topics
    • Ensure that participants are aware of and are able to engage with related offshore wind development efforts in the region occurring in other forums
    • Support the state’s efforts to meet its offshore wind goals

Who are the M-TWG Members?

The M-TWG is led by the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS) with support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The working group is made up of representatives from the maritime and navigation communities, offshore wind developers, and state and federal agencies with interests in maritime transportation, navigational safety, and offshore wind. Additional representatives, as determined by NYSDOS to be critical to the conversation, may be invited to participate or join the M-TWG as well.

To view the current M-TWG roster click here.

M-TWG Framework

The MTWG Framework describes member expectations, goals, and objectives proposed as part of New York State’s efforts to advance the responsible and cost-effective development of offshore wind energy to achieve the State’s mandated target of 9,000 MW of installed capacity by 2035.