State of New York issues third offshore wind solicitation to accelerate clean energy development

New York has released its third competitive offshore wind solicitation, seeking enough clean, renewable energy to power at least 1.5m homes in the state. The procurement, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), includes the first phase of a $500m investment in offshore wind ports, manufacturing, and supply chain infrastructure as announced in the Governor’s 2022 State of the State report.

This announcement builds on a series of offshore wind developments for the state in 2022 and is a critical next step toward achieving New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035.

NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen M. Harris said, “Releasing our third offshore wind solicitation provides a further opportunity to revolutionize our economy and continue to build a thriving offshore wind industry right here in New York as we continue to grow our nation-leading renewable energy project pipeline. We continue to prioritise a transition that is cost-effective, environmentally responsible, and benefits all New Yorkers – and we look forward to partnering with project developers who share those same goals.”

The solicitation includes a provision for a “meshed ready” offshore transmission configuration that will facilitate offshore wind projects’ transition to a future system that can grow over time.

Evaluation points will be awarded for repurposing existing downstate fossil-based electric generation infrastructure and utilizing energy storage to enhance future system reliability and support more renewable energy on the grid.

A draft version of the solicitation was released for public comment in March 2022 and a follow-up request for information in May 2022, with over 1,300 comments received. NYSERDA incorporated feedback into the solicitation.

Proposals are due on December 22.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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