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NYSG's Public Participation Guide Helps Communities Engage in the Offshore Wind Development Process
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The construction vessel “Jill” marks the beginning of the construction and operations phase for South Fork Wind Farm offshore of Long Island. Credit: Gwen Gallagher/NYSG


Gwen Gallagher, Coastal Climate Specialist, New York Sea Grant, E: geg59@cornell.edu, P: (631) 632-8730

NYSG’s public participation guide helps reduce barriers to public participation in the offshore wind energy development process

Stony Brook, NY, March 23, 2023 - The United States has a target of installing 30 GW of offshore wind energy (OWE) by 2030. New York State is a leader in this effort; the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates that the state procures 9 GW of OWE by 2035. The federal OWE development process includes several opportunities for public participation, but a common barrier is the public lack of understanding regarding when and how to engage in the process.

New York Sea Grant (NYSG) responded to community concerns about the complexity of the federal OWE development process by creating an accessible guide, Federal Opportunities to Participate in Offshore Wind. The guide is designed to demystify the OWE development process, help audiences learn OWE technical language, provide past development examples, and reduce barriers to submitting public comment on federal agency actions.

This participation guide is for interested or impacted New Yorkers, including people living and working on the waterfront or near powerplants, and current ocean users such as commercial and recreational fisheries, aquaculture farmers, and other marine environmental stakeholders. Other Sea Grant programs in the OWE community of practice have expressed interest in using NYSG’s guide to reduce barriers to public participation with communities in areas in their states interested in and/or impacted by OWE development.

A participatory approach to OWE development provides the opportunity for a more just, balanced, and sustainable renewable energy program.


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New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

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