New York state launches solicitation for 800 MW of offshore wind

Washington — New York state has officially published its solicitation for 800 MW of offshore wind capacity, a major step forward for the Empire State's ambitious plan to become an industry leader in the domestic offshore wind industry.

"This action is a watershed moment in New York's renewable energy development efforts as we work to establish a secure, reliable and cost-effective clean energy future," Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA, will lead the request for proposals for offshore wind projects with capacities ranging from 200 MW to 800 MW, or potentially more if "sufficiently attractive proposals are received," Cuomo's office said in a November 8 statement.

Companies interested in building offshore wind projects to fulfill the request must file a notice of intent to propose projects with the state by December 20. Official proposals are due at 3 pm EST on February 14, 2019, and winners of the 25-year long-term power contracts will be announced in the following spring.

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