$1.1M+ Invested in Northeast Offshore Renewable Energy Studies

The Northeast Sea Grant Consortium (NESGC) — in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office and Water Power Technologies Office, and NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NOAA Fisheries) — has invested over $1.1 million in federal funds to support six projects advancing social science and technology research on offshore renewable energy in the Northeast United States.

One of the projects, a nearly $200,000 study supported by the NESGC, including New York Sea Grant (NYSG), as well as DOE and NOAA Fisheries, is led by Cornell University investigator Maha Haji, who is focusing on the development of a tool that would empower stakeholders to make more informed decisions that could substantially increase economic efficiencies in the long term, thereby increasing economic resiliency.

“We are very excited to undertake this work at Cornell,” said Haji. “With the growing offshore wind energy industry in the Northeast, active and constructive engagement with local communities will be key for a resilient, sustainable, and prosperous future. The mapping tool we are developing in this project will help facilitate successful marine spatial planning efforts in the region.”

“There has been a real need for research that centers stakeholders and provides meaningful ways communities can participate in offshore renewable energy development. I’m really excited about this research and can’t wait to extend Dr. Haji’s work to our local New York communities,” said NYSG’s Gwen Gallagher, a coastal climate specialist based at Stony Brook University.

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