New York State is leading the nation in the pursuit of a renewable energy future. The state is poised to eliminate the use of fossil fuels over the next several decades by investing heavily in generating energy from solar, wind and other natural sources.

Since 2018, New York has awarded 67 large-scale renewable energy projects to be built over the next decade, including the Sunrise Wind offshore farm off the coast of Long Island. The state recently issued the largest ever combined clean energy solicitations, seeking up to 4,000 megawatts of renewable capacity. The state recently issued draft regulations to guide the new process for approval of projects as passed by the Legislature in April.

In this episode of the Harris Beach podcast, we welcome a special guest: Adrienne Downey, principal engineer for offshore wind for the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency. NYSERDA works with stakeholders across New York to attract capital, overcome the barriers to using clean energy and help communities benefit from the transition.

Adrienne discussed the state’s commitment to renewables and where it’s heading with partner Bill Flynn, the leader of the Harris Beach Energy Industry Team. Bill is former president of NYSERDA and former chairman of the New York State Public Service Commission.

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