December 15, 2022
Submitted Testimony of Leading Light Wind to the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection Oversight Hearing – Air Quality
December 15, 2022 – Leading Light Wind is an American-led offshore wind project that will bring locally sourced renewable energy to the East Coast. Developed by Invenergy, the largest privately held global developer, owner and operator of sustainable energy solutions, and New York-based energyRe, we believe in empowering the communities where we live and work.
The project is the only American-led offshore wind project in the New York Bight seeking a power contract with New York State in early 2023. We have a proven track record of building clean energy projects in New York, and we are aligning with our partners in labor to foster green jobs and to build a pipeline of workers to support the growing offshore wind industry. The project is a transformational opportunity to move towards a greener New York while creating investments and workforce opportunities in some of our most vulnerable communities.
In February 2022, Leading Light Wind was awarded a federal lease of approximately 84,000-acres in the New York Bight that will provide more than 2 gigawatts of renewable energy to the region. Planned for operation in 2030, the project will generate enough clean energy to power 650,000 New York homes. This project is key to advancing the State and City’s green energy transition while supporting energy independence, American workers, and improving community health along the way.
Leading Light Wind will provide major benefits to air quality by displacing fossil fuel power plants which often are located in disadvantaged communities. About 4.8M tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually will be offset from the fossil fuel fleet of power plants in New York. This is equal to removing more than 1M gasoline-powered passenger vehicles from our highways in one year. Major reductions in particulate matter (PM), Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) emissions, are estimated to contribute to decreases in adverse human health effects from cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses in New York.
We want to work with the City Council and all of our stakeholders to implement this project and are committed to being an active community partner as we design and build it. Please do not hesitate to contact us and we look forward to working with you all in the near future.