New York issued its first competitive solicitation today seeking 800 megawatts (MW) or more of new offshore wind projects, taking a significant step toward the achievement of New York State’s goal to develop 2,400 MW of offshore wind energy by 2030.
For more than three years and on an ongoing basis, NYSERDA and some state partners have been conducting extensive stakeholder outreach, public engagement, and detailed technical and financial analyses in order to advance the responsible and cost-effective development of offshore wind for New York State.
These efforts, guided by the framework of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan and the New York State Public Service Commission’s Order adopting the Offshore Wind Standard, are positioning New York to take advantage of its unmatched intellectual capital, world-class workforce, and physical and financial infrastructure to become a hub for the offshore wind industry in the United States.
This solicitation will help to ensure that New York’s offshore wind resource is developed in a way that is sensitive to environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues. Notable provisions in the solicitation include:
- Ensuring that coastal communities are fully engaged and informed during the development and construction process;
- Requiring Project Labour Agreements and prevailing wage for workers associated with the construction of any awarded facility;
- Incentivizing associated jobs, project spending, and infrastructure investments in New York State by requiring awardees to provide an economic benefits plan for evaluation, backed by independent audit and verification of the realization of these claims; and
- Actively addressing the interests of ocean users such as commercial and recreational fishing and environmental stakeholders as reflected in mitigation plans which are informed by New York’s technical working groups.