NYSERDA Seeking Experts to Help New York Determine How Best to Responsibly Develop Offshore Wind

Expert Consultants to Assist in Developing and Executing Offshore Wind Master Plan

December 12, 2016

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking to expand its pool of expert consultants to help develop the Offshore Wind Master Plan and execute offshore wind activities in support of the Clean Energy Standard of having 50 percent of electricity come from renewable resources by 2030.

"Offshore wind is crucial to meeting New York's ambitious energy and clean energy job goals under Governor Cuomo's leadership," said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. "NYSERDA is looking to engage the very best thinking and expertise from the most experienced and knowledgeable experts, as we advance our strategy to responsibly develop this vital energy resource."

Offshore wind has the potential to become a significant source of renewable power and economic development for New York. NYSERDA's approach to offshore wind will provide ratepayers, consumers and developers with greater certainty, fewer risks and lower costs, and will create jobs in the State. It will engage all involved stakeholders and ensure that offshore wind in New York is developed in a way that balances the needs of all constituents, including coastal communities and the fishing and maritime industries.

NYSERDA intends to select expert technical consultants through a competitive process for three-year contracts worth a total of up to $1.5 million with an option to extend an additional two years. Funding is through the Clean Energy Fund, a core component of Governor Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

The consultants would provide support in the following categories to advance offshore wind objectives:

  1. Project development and permitting assistance
  2. Site selection and desktop development studies
  3. Assistance in more fully understanding the issues and opportunities around grid interconnection of offshore wind energy  
  4. Analyses of options for economic arrangements to support energy offtake agreements for offshore wind projects that optimize the value to ratepayers  
  5. Stakeholder engagement and supply chain/workforce development
  6. Offshore wind cost analyses

Consultants can apply for consideration in one or more categories. Proposals are due by January 12, 2017.

In his 2016 State of the State address, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called for the creation of a New York Offshore Wind Master Plan, which supports his Reforming the Energy Vision.

NYSERDA is the lead entity coordinating the Master Plan, which will be a comprehensive strategy for developing New York's offshore wind resources, and will include recommendations on the best ways to maximize the development and usage of offshore wind for the State.

The Master Plan, to be released in 2017 will identify offshore wind sites and will set targets for capacity and commercial operations dates at each site. Elements of the Master Plan will include:

  • Site identification and leasing strategies
  • Site assessment and site characterization pre-development activities
  • Cost, benefit and interconnection studies
  • Analysis and recommended mechanisms for energy offtake agreements
  • Local economic impacts and job creation
  • Stakeholder and community engagement, and education efforts
  • Viewshed, fishing and other mitigation efforts

In September, NYSERDA released the New York State Offshore Wind Blueprint, which is a framework for the Master Plan that describes the benefits of development the State's offshore wind potential and outlines how the State will collect and document and concerns of a range of stakeholders.

About Clean Energy Fund

The 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund (CEF) is a core component of New York State's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to achieve a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. It is designed to deliver on New York State's commitment to accelerate the use of clean energy and energy innovation and drive economic development, while reducing ratepayer collections.It includes a focused effort to bring more clean energy opportunities and benefits to low- to moderate-income communities throughout the State. The CEF supports New York's aggressive Clean Energy Standard, which requires that 50 percent of the State's electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency, in part through the recent adoption of New York's Clean Energy Standard which requires that 50% of the state's electricity needs be generated from renewable energy sources by 2030. Already, REV has driven 600% growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80% by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5.3 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us at @Rev4NY.


NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.

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