New York issues 2,500 MW offshore wind solicitation

Posted On: 23-07-2020

The State of New York has announced its second offshore wind solicitation, seeking up to 2,500 MW of projects. The solicitation includes a multi-port strategy and requirement for offshore wind generators to partner with any of the eleven prequalified New York ports to stage, construct, manufacture key components, or coordinate operations and maintenance activities. Funding for port investments will include $400 million in both public and private funding. In seeking at least 1,000 MW of offshore wind, coordinated with a $200 million opportunity to support local and private investment in port infrastructure, NYSERDA will accept offshore wind bids between 400 MW and up to 2,500 MW. Bids for this combined offshore wind and ports solicitation are due 20 October, and awards and contracts are expected to be executed in the fourth quarter of 2020. The solicitation is the largest in US history, in addition to the state’s last year’s solicitation which resulted in nearly 1,700 MW awarded. It has the potential to bring New York State halfway toward its goal of 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035. “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,” the State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo said.