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New York To Collect Metocean, Environmental Data In Support Of Offshore Wind

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced the execution of two multiyear contracts to study the meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) conditions in the waters off the Atlantic coast of New York, called the New York Bight.

According to NYSERDA, the project advances and supports Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Green New Deal, a clean energy agenda that includes an increase of New York’s offshore wind target to 9,000 MW by 2035, up from 2,400 MW by 2030.

The new project will result in metocean LiDAR systems being mounted on buoys 20 miles from the shore in the New York Bight. LiDAR is remote sensing equipment that uses pulsed laser light to determine wind speeds. Each of the metocean buoys will be deployed for two years, potentially in multiple locations, to measure turbine hub-height wind speed and direction, wave and current measurements, and other environmental data.

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