NYSERDA Releases Third Offshore Wind Solicitation

NYSERDA Releases Third Offshore Wind Solicitation

Today NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen Harris had the pleasure of sharing Governor Hochul's announcement of the release of New York's third competitive offshore wind solicitation. Building upon a series of significant offshore wind developments in the State this year, including the groundbreaking for South Fork Wind, and the historic New York Bight lease auction, today’s announcement is another critical step toward achieving New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) goal to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035.

The highly anticipated third solicitation includes the first phase of the nation-leading $500 million investment in offshore wind ports, manufacturing, and supply chain infrastructure as announced during the Governor’s 2022 State of the State. NYSERDA seeks to procure at least 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy through a diverse set of project proposals while leveraging public and private capital to build a robust supply chain. Additional notable provisions within the solicitation include:

  • Introducing a first-of-its-kind “meshed ready” offshore transmission configuration, based on recommendations from the New York State Power Grid Study, which will facilitate offshore wind projects’ transition to a future system that can grow over time and provide greater reliability and flexibility while setting New Yorkers up to save approximately $55-$60 million annually;
  • Awarding evaluation points for repurposing existing downstate fossil-based electric generation infrastructure and utilize energy storage to enhance future system reliability and support more renewable energy on the grid;
  • Emphasizing in-state manufacturing, inclusive economic development and climate equity, fostering relationships with New York’s workforce including construction backed by prevailing wage, and encouraging project labor agreements;
  • In promoting the intent of the New York Buy American Act, the solicitation sets a minimum U.S. iron and steel purchase requirement for all projects awarded to encourage domestic steel production and requiring developers to provide opportunities for U.S.-based steel suppliers to participate in the growing offshore wind industry;
  • Enhancing stakeholder engagement, tracking, and requirements for New York jobs; and
  • Continuing support for responsible development through environmental and fisheries mitigation plans and the requirement to support monitoring of fisheries and wildlife to better understand the interactions with offshore wind projects.

NYSERDA has incorporated the feedback received from stakeholder groups and individuals within the solicitation to guide the responsible achievement of New York's clean, renewable energy transition.

Interested proposers can apply on NYSERDA’s offshore wind solicitation page. Proposals are due on December 22, 2022, by 3:00 p.m. ET. A webinar will be held on August 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET to provide more information on this solicitation. Those interested in the webinar are encouraged to register and submit questions in advance to offshorewind@nyserda.ny.gov.

ORECRFP22-1: Proposers Webinar

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Time: 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. ET


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Source : https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Offshore-Wind/Focus-Areas/Offshore-Wind-Solicitations/2022-Solicitation

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