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NOAA Helps New York Address Renewable Energy Goals

In response to a request from the State of New York, NOAA, together with the U.S. Department of the Interior, is helping the State develop site selection criteria for wind farms in coastal and marine waters. Wind farms are a cornerstone of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “30 by 15” program, which calls for the State to meet 30 percent of its electricity needs through improved efficiency and renewable sources by 2015.  NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), the NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC), and the NOAA-DOI Marine Protected Areas Center are providing expertise in coastal and marine spatial planning to help balance energy development with habitat preservation.

Note: New York’s program was known as “45 by 15” during Governor David Paterson’s tenure.

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