The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in support of offshore wind development.
According to the partners, the agreement recognizes the shared common interest in developing offshore wind energy and reflects New York’s commitment to learn from Europe’s success.
“The innovation of clean energy and the economic development of New York State are clearly tied together, and by working with Denmark’s offshore wind experts, I’m looking forward to learning from their decades of experience,” says Richard Kauffman, New York’s chairman of energy and finance.
Lars Christian Lilleholt, Denmark’s Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, adds: “I am very proud that Denmark has signed an MOU with New York. We are delighted to share the lessons that we have learned over the years with NYSERDA. In our experience, offshore wind provides affordable, reliable and clean energy while creating scores of jobs and growing the economy. I hope that our collaboration will help New York to develop its abundant offshore wind energy resources.”
The collaborative partnership will build upon the foundation of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, which was released earlier this year by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
“New York has all of the assets required to become a global hub for this emerging industry; through this collaboration, we can take the lessons learned from Europe to ensure the cost-effective and robust development of this environmentally and economically beneficial resource,” says Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA.