New York issues massive renewable energy solicitation

In: Windfarms
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the largest combined clean energy solicitations ever issued in the U.S., seeking up to 4,000 MW of renewable energy. This includes New York's second offshore wind solicitation which seeks up to 2,500 MW of projects, the largest in the nation's history.

The offshore wind solicitation includes a multi-port strategy and requirement for offshore wind generators to partner with any of the 11 prequalified New York ports to stage, construct, manufacture key components, or coordinate operations and maintenance activities. This solicitation has the potential to bring New York State halfway toward its goal of 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035 and meet Governor Cuomo's climate and environment goals under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Funding for port investments will include $400 million in both public and private funding. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will accept offshore wind bids between 400 MW and up to 2,500 MW.  

In addition to the offshore wind solicitation, the Governor also announced the issuance by NYSERDA and NYPA of the largest ever coordinated solicitations for land based large-scale renewable energy projects by a U.S. state, under the State's ambitious Clean Energy Standard. Together, the combined solicitations from NYSERDA and NYPA seek to procure over 1,500 MW of clean, renewable energy, enough to power nearly 500,000 homes. Applicable land-based projects selected will be fast-tracked to construction under legislation passed in the budget to accelerate renewable energy siting to ensure the projects are developed responsibly and quickly so the state meets its CLCPA mandate.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the solicitations, combined with a competitive multi-port funding opportunity are expected to spur approximately $7 billion in direct investments and to create approximately 4,500 short and long-term jobs at, which Cuomo claims will help to jumpstart and drive economic growth in New York State. The solicitations prioritise hiring in Environmental Justice Areas and benefits to Disadvantaged Communities in line with the state's new climate law.

In aggregate, the offshore wind, port infrastructure, and land-based renewable trifecta of solicitations seek to procure approximately 12 million MWh, enough to power over 1.5 million homes annually. Cuomo claims that together, taking  into account the value of avoided carbon emissions, these solicitations are expected to deliver a combined $3 billion in net benefits over the 20 to 25 year life of the projects.

"During one of the most challenging years New York has ever faced, we remain laser-focused on implementing our nation-leading climate plan and growing our clean energy economy, not only to bring significant economic benefits and jobs to the state, but to quickly attack climate change at its source by reducing our emissions."
Governor Cuomo said. "With these record-breaking solicitations for renewable energy and new port infrastructure, New York continues to lead the way with the most ambitious Green New Deal in the nation, creating a future fuelled by clean, renewable energy sources."

The announcement follows last year's solicitation, which resulted in nearly 1,700 MW of offshore wind awarded. NYSERDA selected
Sunrise Wind, a 50-50 partnership between Ørsted and Eversource, and Equinor's Empire Wind project.

For more information on offshore wind developments in the US, click here. You can also view projects worldwide on 4C Offshore's interactive map.

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Andrew Cuomo by Pat Arnow

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