Record offshore wind interest off of New York

Five developers have told New York that they will submit bids in the state's current solicitation for offshore wind projects targeting 800 megawatts of new capacity. The level of interest is greater than in several other states seeking to take the lead on offshore wind and is expected to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of securing 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030.

It also highlights the growing momentum for the industry in the U.S. as big-name players in the European offshore wind market step up their efforts here. “We’ve seen this coming and we know that New York will be the center of gravity with regards to offshore wind development,” said Doreen Harris, director for large-scale renewables for the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority.

“The five companies that have submitted … represent not only a significant scale — a larger scale than any other state has seen with regard to participation — but also these are very significant, major developers who are going to bring this industry to the U.S. even more quickly than some had expected.” The five developers expressed interest by the notice of intent deadline on Dec. 20. NYSERDA will pay subsidies collected from ratepayers for electricity produced by selected projects.

The interested developers control 700,000 acres of federal lease areas and could accommodate as much as 7,000 megawatts worth of turbines, according to NYSERDA.

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