Credit: American Wind Energy Association

NY - New York aims to kick off solicitation for up to 2.5 GW of offshore wind in 2020

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) filed a petition Jan. 28 with state regulators to initiate a regulatory proceeding for the authorization of a second largescale wind solicitation for at least 1 GW of offshore wind.

  • NYSERDA plans to issue the solicitation in the middle of this year for as much as 2.5 GW of offshore wind, which, combined with earlier solicitations from three separate projects would lead to more than 4.3 GW of procured offshore wind by the end of 2020. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo set a procurement goal for 9 GW of the resource by 2035.
  • New York finalized its first largescale offshore wind solicitation in 2019, signing contracts with Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind for an approximate total of 1.7 GW. According to an October NYSERDA analysis, prices for the solicitation were about 40% lower than 2018 projections, "signaling that offshore wind is an increasingly competitively priced renewable energy resource."

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The state, which has the most ambitious offshore wind goal in the U.S., is expecting more leases in federal waters from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), as NYSERDA indicated in its petition.

However, the existing federal leases will suffice, even for the more ambitious solicitation goals, according to industry experts.

"There is no question that the existing wind lease areas offshore New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts have the capacity to serve an additional 2,500 megawatts to New York State if NYSERDA decides to go big on its Phase 2 offshore wind solicitation," Brandon Burke, policy and outreach director at the Business Network for Offshore Wind, wrote via email.

While no competitively bid projects exist of that scale, Virginia has a utility-owned project underway planned for 2.6 GW.

"Looking to 2035, though, additional offshore leases will be needed for New York and New Jersey to achieve their offshore wind targets, which now total 16,500 megawatts," Burke said.

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