As part of a large, diverse coalition of labor, business, environmental, grassroots organizations, and elected officials, UWUA Local 1-2 is working with Governor Andrew Cuomo to make New York State the national leader in offshore wind power.
On January 2, Cuomo revealed the state’s 2018 Clean Energy Jobs Climate Agenda that calls for the generation of at least 800 megawatts from the wind off the coast of Long Island and New York City by the end of next year. That’s enough power for 400,000 homes. This is the first step in the process to meet the state’s goal set last year to develop 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030.
A key element of the Governor’s proposal is a $15 million investment in workforce training and infrastructure planning to advance opportunities for New Yorkers to participate in this new industry.
In a statement released to the press, Local 1-2 President Jimmy Slevin said, “Governor Cuomo has outlined a bold vision for the future of energy in the state of New York, one that will provide a clear path forward for many workers, but also a future that must ensure that no jobs, and no communities, are left behind as the energy industry continues to evolve.”
The steps outlined by Governor Cuomo are critical for New York to remain at the forefront as offshore wind power finally takes off in the Northeast. With others in the region also moving state policy commitments forward – including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maryland – now is the time for New York to act to maximize the engagement of New York’s workforce and port facilities in the launch of the U.S. offshore wind industry.