New York has awarded the largest offshore wind energy contracts in the US, with a total capacity of 1.7GW.
They are expected to help generate enough renewable electricity to power more than a million homes and create more than 1,600 jobs.
The announcement supports Governor Andrew M Cuomo’s mandate of 9GW of clean energy in New York by 2035.
So far, New York has awarded a total of around 4.7GW of new large-scale renewable energy contracts since March 2018.
Collectively, they are expected to provide clean power for up to two million households and meet nearly 10% of the state’s electricity needs by 2025.
Mr Cuomo said: “The environment and climate change are the most critically important policy priorities we face. They literally will determine the future – or the lack thereof. Even in today’s chaos of political pandering and hyperbole there are still facts, data and evidence – and climate change is an undeniable scientific fact. But cries for a new green movement are hollow political rhetoric if now combined with aggressive goals and a realistic plan on how to achieve them.
“With this agreement, New York will lead the way in developing the largest source of offshore wind power in the nation and today I will sign the most aggressive climate law in the United States of America. Today we are true to the New York legacy – to lead the way forward, to govern with vision and intelligence, to set a new standard and to match our words with action.”