New York Consortium Unveils Plans For Offshore Wind Hub

A New York consortium has unveiled plans for upgrading an offshore wind hub port in the state.

AKRF, a consultancy within the consortium, said its Port of Cortlandt site is one of 11 projects competing for up to $200m in grants and loans funding to develop critical port infrastructure to help deliver New York’s 9GW offshore wind target by 2035.

The consortium has been selected to submit a bid to upgrade the port in the “Combined offshore wind hub and port infrastructure 2020 request for proposals” launched by NYSERDA in late July.
Bids are due on 20 October.

NYSERDA expects New York’s first two offshore wind hub ports to be operational by 2024.

The Port of Cortlandt consortium is seeking to redevelop waterfront and upland property owned by the Town of Cortlandt, south of Indian Point Energy Center. The nuclear power station is to be shut down next year.

AKRF said Port Cortlandt sits alongside a deep-water channel and the proposed site offers natural protection from storm surges and flooding.

AKRF president Michael Lee said: “We are pleased to be leading a robust initiative to bring green jobs and renewable energy to the Hudson Valley.

“Our team looks forward to developing an offshore wind supply chain port serving the northeast coast, delivering cleaner energy, and helping create nearly a thousand new jobs.”

New York Offshore Wind Alliance director Joe Martens said: “The combined offshore wind and port infrastructure 2020 RfP is a terrific opportunity for offshore wind developers and their supply chain to team up with one or more of the prequalified ports, such as Port Cortlandt, to generate competitive proposals that maximise investments in New York and its talented workforce.”

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