While New York has secured eight offshore wind contracts for development, energy experts say not enough investment is being made in the port infrastructure needed to assemble the turbines and deploy them out to sea.
“Every assessment and transfer deadline that passes without action delays the benefits of a transformed Rikers Island for all New Yorkers, especially those in the communities that have been directly harmed by unjust criminalization and environmental injustice.”
With three large-scale waterfront industrial properties—Arthur Kill Terminal, Staten Island Marine Terminal, and Rossville Municipal Site—under consideration for offshore wind development, thousands of jobs could soon be washing up on Staten Island’s shores.
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‘The offshore wind industry is poised to create more than 10,000 jobs in New York. That number is only growing as federal, state and local investments fuel the expansion of the sector in the tri-state region and across the country. At this major inflection point, it is critical that New York lays the foundation for an equitable economic transition.’
‘The Biden Administration is making $3 billion available to port facilities throughout the country that support the wind industry. New York City is a prime candidate to receive federal investment as we are already preparing a 72-acre site at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal for such activity.’