New York State Launches Process to Upgrade Port Infrastructure to Support Expanding Offshore Wind Industry
Request for Qualifications is First Step to Inform a Future Competitive Solicitation for State Investment of up to $200 Million to Upgrade New York’s Port Infrastructure
October 2, 2019
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Empire State Development (ESD), and the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced the issuance of a Request for Qualifications seeking proposals for pre-qualification from port operators and market participants who are interested in upgrading and investing in New York ports to support the state’s burgeoning offshore wind industry. The state’s ports are expected to unlock billions in long-term local economic develop potential and will be serving as a hub for the broader northeast region’s offshore wind industry. Today’s announcement advances Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation-leading Green New Deal goal to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035.
Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA, “With the 13th largest economy in the world, a wealth of existing port infrastructure, and the largest commitment to offshore wind in the nation, New York is uniquely positioned to be the epicenter of this exciting new industry in the U.S. Today’s announcement is a major step in advancing the next generation of infrastructure upgrades needed for New York’s ports to support this growing industry while helping us reach economies of scale faster, develop a domestic supply chain more quickly and efficiently, and utilize ports and support developments all along the East Coast.”
Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Eric J. Gertler said, “Providing the proper infrastructure needed to advance Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading, off-shore wind program will ensure that New York State will lead the way towards a clean energy future which is estimated to create more than 1,600 jobs, result in $3.2 billion in economic activity and position New York State as an important hub of the nation’s growing off-shore wind industry.”
“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, strategic investments are being made in New York’s transportation infrastructure to facilitate the implementation of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act - the most aggressive climate change agenda in the United States,” New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said. " Today’s commitment represents the nation’s largest infrastructure commitment to offshore wind and will be a critical ingredient in realizing the long-term economic benefits to the State from the regional development of offshore wind.”
This RFQL is the first step in a two-phase process through which New York seeks to pre-qualify proposers and then competitively select proposals for public-private investment opportunities in port infrastructure. Only those proposers who are pre-qualified under this RFQL will be eligible to participate in a subsequent competitive solicitation for up to $200 million to be issued in 2020. To be eligible, proposers must identify at least one port facility and describe the current level of site control or ability to obtain site control, and will be evaluated based on the demonstrated value and viability of the project. Interested proposers can apply here.
Additionally, a webinar will be held on October 11, 2019 to provide prospective port operators an opportunity to clarify their understanding of any aspect of this solicitation. Those interested in the webinar can sign up here and are encouraged to register and submit questions in advance.
Improved port infrastructure is an integral part of the offshore wind supply chain, serving as the link between land-based manufacturing, pre-assembly activities, and the offshore projects themselves. The offshore wind goals of both New York State and the broader northeast region now exceed 20,000 megawatts and are expected to create $70 billion in capital expenditure revenue opportunities for businesses in the U.S. The up to $200 million commitment made by Governor Cuomo represents the nation’s largest infrastructure investment in offshore wind and is a critical piece in realizing the potential long-term economic benefits to New York from the regional development of offshore wind. Today’s announcement builds on the selection of New York’s first two offshore wind projects – Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind – totaling nearly 1,700 megawatts, which will create enough energy to power over 1 million homes, and representing the single large renewable energy procurement by any state in U.S. history. Combined, the projects will create more than 1,600 jobs and result in $3.2 billion in economic activity including major investments to upgrade existing New York ports in downstate New York and up the Hudson River to the Capital Region.
“Specialized port facilities are essential to the success of the fledgling offshore wind industry in the U.S.,” said New York Offshore Wind Alliance (NYOWA) Director Joe Martens. “NYOWA and its member organizations applaud New York State for initiating a process that will lead to strategic port investments and infrastructure improvements that will maximize in-state jobs and economic development and make New York the offshore wind capital of the U.S.”
New York State's Green New Deal
Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, putting the state on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy and establishing a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any other state. It builds on New York's unprecedented ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across the state, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector, a commitment to develop nearly 1,700 megawatts of offshore wind by 2024, and 1,700 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012.
The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) mandates the Green New Deal's national leading clean energy targets: nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030, while calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy. The CLCPA also directs New York State agencies and authorities to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 and aim to invest 40 percent of clean energy and energy efficiency program resources to benefit disadvantaged communities.
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About Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.