The New York State Energy
Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has filed a petition to authorise
the state’s second offshore wind solicitation.
Last year, New York made the record books with an ambitious target of 9
GW of offshore wind by 2035, and again in its first solicitation, obtaining
a total of 1.7 GW between two projects (Empire
new solicitation will call for bids of at least 1 GW. New York’s Governor
Cuomo outlined this figure earlier this month, in his State of the State
During last year’s Phase 1 solicitation, NYSERDA noted that ‘numerous
parties’ were agreed that a second solicitation should follow. There was
also close to a consensus that transmission options and additional environmental
impact criteria should be considered in the Phase 2 solicitation (i.e.
this one). NYSERDA insists that these issues are currently ‘in the information
collection and analysis stage’, and that therefore they should be resolved
later in the process.
Transmission is a hot topic in the United States, where some states such
as Massachusetts are soliciting transmission separately to generation and
developers such as Ørsted are considering shared grid platforms in their
applications. Generally, unlike in Denmark and the UK, for example, transmission
and generation are both the responsibility of the developer in the US.
Late last year (20th December 2019), the United States Congress
passed into law Public Law no. 116-94, which extended the application of
the 18 per cent ITC to wind facilities until 1st January 2021
– a temporary reassurance for developers in the emerging North American
offshore wind industry.
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