New York moves to authorise 1,000 MW offshore wind solicitation

by James Bernthal-Hooker in Windfarms 29/01/2020 NYSERDA

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 Wind and Sunrise Wind). The 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 address.

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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