U.S. Senator Charles Schumer on Monday joined Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, calling for a creation of an area offshore wind turbine meeting heart at Sundown Park, Brooklyn, New York, and calling for the New York State Power Analysis and Improvement Authority (NYSERDA) funding.
In response to a press release launched by the Senator’s workplace, the meeting web site would place New York to play a big function within the offshore wind provide chain, “which might create 1000’s of jobs throughout the state.”
Schumer stated it’s excessive time for Brooklyn to be among the many New York communities main the best way on environmentally-friendly industrial growth and to make sure wind applied sciences are made in New York.
Schumer says initiatives like this will create new jobs and alternative throughout the state.
“We’re right here right this moment as a result of alternative is knocking on Brooklyn’s door, and we wish to reply it and assist a brand new period of expertise, jobs and clear power come on by means of,” Schumer stated.
“With a bit elevate, Sundown Park Terminal can place New York State to fabricate offshore wind expertise whereas main the best way in clear power. This web site is primed to be up and working shortly with the suitable funding, offering New York a vital foothold within the offshore wind provide chain and its large alternatives for brand spanking new jobs. This additionally helps the state, too, as a result of seventy-percent of New York’s electrical energy has to come back from renewable assets by 2030 as a part of the CLCPA I helped push.”
Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams stated: “This fall, the neighborhood prevailed, activism prevailed, and the Business Metropolis rezoning was stopped. But when the town had listened to those activists earlier within the course of, they’d know that there are methods to revitalize this shoreline which can be each environmentally and economically useful. This venture presents an unmatched alternative for the revitalization of a New York Metropolis industrial waterfront that can create good jobs and clear power on the identical time – a simply transition for New York Metropolis and State – so I thank Senator Schumer in addition to the advocates and native elected officers who’ve joined us right this moment in our calls to fulfill this pressing want,” stated
“The [South Brooklyn Marine Terminal] can be positioned in an environmental justice neighborhood and deciding on the Sundown Park terminal would provide vital alternatives for job creation, workforce growth, and general financial funding locally—all good issues for Brooklyn,” Schumer added.
Town-owned South Brooklyn Marine Terminal is considered one of 11 ports across the state to be pre-qualified to be thought-about for as much as $200 million in mortgage and grant funds from NYSERDA. The funds can be matched by personal corporations trying to construct and function generators throughout the metro space.
Schumer’s letter to NYSERDA, making the case for the venture, seems under:
Ms. Doreen M. Harris
New York State Power Analysis and Improvement Authority
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399
Pricey Ms. Harris:
I write to request your full consideration of the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal because the prime web site for funding by means of NYSERDA’s $200 million offshore wind port growth program. I thank NYSERDA for its function in pursuing a clear power future by investing in offshore wind, and this funding initiative to develop port infrastructure represents a key step to making sure a strong buildout of offshore wind and the associated provide chain within the New York Bight and past.
As you recognize, New York should quickly transfer to attain the air pollution discount and clear power targets established by the Local weather Management and Group Safety Act (CLCPA), of which I used to be a powerful supporter, which requires that seventy p.c of the state’s electrical energy come from renewable assets by 2030 and that thirty-five p.c of advantages go to frontline communities, like Sundown Park. Our state is paving the best way for others to observe, and makes choosing the right bid for port infrastructure growth of explicit significance.
With the number of Equinor’s Wind Empire Port Infrastructure Enchancment Plan, New York might be one step nearer to making sure a cleaner and extra sustainable power future could be equipped, staged, assembled, and deployed proper right here in New York, and create many roles with honest wages and advantages in addition to advantages for the close by communities. This distinctive web site could be outfitted to deal with a wind turbine meeting heart that may create 1000’s of jobs and, in response to the state, generate greater than 1,500 megawatts of unpolluted power, which is sufficient to energy half 1,000,000 houses for 20 years.
The South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) is positioned within the largest Industrial Enterprise Zone in New York Metropolis, and the most important waterfront web site, and is well-suited to accommodate the shipping, development, and upkeep wants of offshore wind installments.
Moreover the SBMT is positioned in an environmental justice neighborhood and deciding on the Sundown Park terminal would provide vital alternatives for job creation, workforce growth, and general financial funding locally. As such, the venture has robust assist from native and environmental justice teams. Lastly, New York Metropolis, which owns the positioning, has additionally dedicated to a $57 million funding for key upgrades of SBMT—a testomony to the extent of assist for the strong proposal that’s earlier than you.
As you might be conscious, there are a number of port places bidding for this funding, and it will be of nice worth to put money into initiatives which have each short-term and long-term growth potential. For instance, the Arthur Kill Terminal (AKT) on Staten Island, one other web site that’s into account for funding, has distinctive benefits with its location outdoors of any bridge spans, which presents a big alternative for positioning New York to be dwelling to the offshore wind provide chain as applied sciences change within the trade.
Nevertheless, given the necessity to construct out this infrastructure expeditiously each to transition to a clear power future and in order that as many New York staff as doable can profit from jobs created by the offshore wind trade, the truth that SBMT could be up and working shortly underscores its decisive benefits for NYSERDA’s consideration of funding as New York appears to be like to realize a foothold within the offshore wind provide chain.
Nevertheless, whereas time to full operation is paramount right this moment, a long-term funding in Arthur Kill Terminal can’t be forgotten, as that web site, mixed with SBMT and different key ports each Upstate and Downstate, will solidify New York’s management on this trade and maximize the variety of New Yorkers put to work in new inexperienced jobs. I provide my full dedication and help in combating for additional federal funding to arrange these and different key New York ports to be used within the offshore wind trade.
I totally assist investments in clear, renewable power growth and financial alternatives to develop jobs in a community-supported and simply approach and to put money into the best workforce expertise in Brooklyn, and throughout New York Metropolis and the state.
The Wind Empire Port Infrastructure Enchancment Plan will assist meet these targets as shortly as doable and place New York as a pacesetter within the off-shore wind manufacturing provide chain, with the South Brooklyn marine Terminal because the nexus of that effort. Once more, I urge you to offer this proposal