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The Carbon Trust has generated guidance for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on how to deploy cost effective wind resource measurement technology to generate bankable data to improve project financing of future offshore wind developments. The Metocean Plan aims to support developers and financiers with the deployment of floating Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) solutions. 

Offshore wind development in New York has a lot of potential. In the 2017 State of the State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed an unprecedented commitment: to develop up to 2.4GW of offshore wind by 2030. NYSERDA is the lead agency coordinating offshore wind development on behalf of New York State. Recommendations detailed in the plan cover all aspects of deployment including project management set up and operations and maintenance of the devices themselves. Site specific elements such as New York permitting requirements and the current lack of offshore met masts to validate a floating LiDAR in New York waters are also considered. The plan draws on recent publications from the OWA, including the OWA Floating LiDAR Recommended Practice. NYSERDA also sought pubic feedback on the plan to ensure the final plan reflected views of wider stakeholders. The Metocean Plan is available for any prospective developers, research bodies or other organisations to use when installing floating LiDARs in New York Waters.

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