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New York sees record demand in third offshore wind solicitation

The third solicitation will expand New York’s existing 4,300 MW portfolio which currently consists of five offshore wind projects.
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Six offshore wind developers submitted proposals to develop projects as part of New York's third solicitation.

In total, the developers submitted more than 100 proposals. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) said the solicitation saw "record-setting" competition for an East Coast state.

All proposals included comprehensive supply chain investment plans to leverage a targeted amount of up to $300 million in public funding to unlock private investment in key port infrastructure and manufacturing facilities to support a New York State-based supply chain for offshore wind components.

NYSERDA will now commence an evaluation process to score project proposals based 70% on project pricing, 20% on economic benefits, and 10% on project viability, with awards expected to be announced in spring 2023. Public versions of the proposals are expected to be shared soon, the agency said.

This map shows lease areas with offtake agreements and lease areas with no agreements. The lease areas with offtake agreements are South Form Wind, Commonwealth Wind, Park City Wind, Beacon Wind, Empire Wind 1, Empire Wind 2, and Ocean Wind. The lease areas with no agreements are Bay State Wind, Commonwealth Wind, Equinor Lease Area, Mayflower Wind Energy, Vineyard Wind, Mid Atlantic Offshore Wind, OW Ocean Winds East, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, Attentive Energy, Community Wind, and Invenergy. (Courtesy: NYSERDA)

The third solicitation will expand New York’s existing 4,300 MW portfolio which currently consists of five offshore wind projects: Sunrise Wind (924 MW), Empire Wind 1 (816 MW), Empire Wind 2 (1,260 MW) and Beacon Wind (1,230 MW).

New York is jockeying with other Northeast states to become a hub for the offshore wind industry. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has so far committed to investing up to $500 million in offshore wind infrastructure and supply chain needs.

New York’s Climate Act requires the state to secure 70% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and at least 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035.

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