(USA)

Offshore wind power could provide 15 million homes in New York state with energy, according to a local authority body.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) said installations in the Atlantic could transform the renewable energy landscape.

“Generating electricity with wind turbines located in the Atlantic Ocean has the potential to provide up to 39 gigawatts of clean power for the state, enough to power 15 million homes,” it says.

The NYSERDA team is currently working on a roadmap for capitalising on this potential, which it will publish later this year.

Speaking about the large solar investments being made in the area, in February, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hailed New York as “a national leader in clean energy”.

Now offshore wind could play its part in helping to achieve the Governor’s Clean Energy Standard – to generate 50% of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.