Wind Energy – Staten Island
Staten Island’s Arthur Kill Terminal, a proposed offshore wind turbine assembly facility in Richmond Valley touted as an integral piece in the state’s energy goals, received a $48 million federal grant Wednesday in a major step forward for the project.
Sen. Chuck Schumer who vocally supported the project earlier this year, announced the grant, which was issued through the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).
The funding will aid in positioning the 32-acre offshore wind staging and assembly port as the only current East Coast manufacturing location outside the restrictiveness of bridges — greatly expanding its utility for the burgeoning offshore wind industry.
“In April I was on Staten Island at the future site of Arthur Kill’s state-of-the-art wind turbine assembly facility, pushing for this major federal investment to help create a new era of technology, jobs, and clean energy for Staten Island,” said Schumer, who was a driving force in securing funding for the PIDP within the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that passed this year.
“This vital federal investment in Arthur Kill Terminal will provide New York a critical foothold in the offshore wind supply chain and create tremendous opportunities for new jobs, including for union workers, and local spending,” he added.