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Major developers submit bids for New York's third offshore wind solicitation

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 27/01/2023 NYSERDA
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has closed the Proposal Submission Deadline for New York's third offshore wind solicitation. Several offshore wind developers have since announced their participation.

The solicitation seeks to procure at least 2,000 MW of offshore wind and is administered by NYSERDA. It also includes a nation-leading $500 million investment in offshore wind ports, manufacturing, and supply chain infrastructure. NYSERDA has set an award notification date of Q1 2023 with contracts to be executed in Q2 2023.

Ørsted and Eversource announced they have submitted a joint proposal. The two companies have already seen offshore wind success in New York and are building
South Fork Wind, New York’s first offshore wind farm, which broke ground early last year and will be operational with 130 MW in 2023, and Sunrise Wind, a 924 MW project that will deliver energy to New York in late 2025 having been named one of the winners of the 2018 solicitation. 

Equinor and bp have jointly bid with the aim of providing power from their
Beacon Wind 2 lease area located approximately 60 miles off the eastern tip of Long Island. Power from Beacon Wind 2 would be delivered alongside the 3.3 GWs of offshore wind generating capacity for New York State currently under development by Equinor and bp with the solicitation winning Empire Wind 1 (2018), Empire Wind 2 (2020) and Beacon Wind  (2020) projects. Beacon Wind recently purchased the site of the Astoria Gas Turbines, with the potential to bring offshore wind from Beacon Wind 1 and Beacon Wind 2 directly to New York City.

Community Offshore Wind, a joint venture between RWE Renewables and National Grid, also submitted a proposal. In February 2022, Community Offshore Wind was successful in acquiring its lease area (roughly 126,000 acres) in the New York Bight, the area between Long Island and New Jersey, which it claims has a potential capacity of 3 GW of offshore wind.  

Leading Light Wind, an American-led offshore wind company developed by Invenergy and energyRe, also revealed its participation with a 2,100 MW bid. It was also revealed that Leading Light Wind signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) to ensure the project is built by New York union construction workers. The MOU covers all aspects of construction – from supply chain and port construction to offshore construction. 

Since 2018, NYSERDA has secured circa 4.3 GW of offshore wind energy. New York has set a high offshore wind goal, seeking to have 9,000 MW installed by 2035, and this goal may be increased as the state has already procured around half that capacity.

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