New York state could vastly expand its already ambitious offshore wind power goals toward a total of 20GW, with a new ‘master plan’ revealing a larger role for floating arrays in deep US Atlantic waters in ratcheting up production to match its climate action strategies, the head of a high-powered energy R&D body has said.

Doreen Harris, CEO of the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (Nyserda), said the state, which leads the nation with a mandate for 9GW of offshore wind plant by 2030, could “easily double” its offshore wind targets beyond 2030 “in order to achieve the broader goals of our climate law in New York”.