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2020 Offshore Wind Solicitation (Closed)

Under the Public Service Commission Order Authorizing Offshore Wind Solicitation in 2020, NYSERDA competitively selected and finalized contracts with Empire Wind Offshore LLC and Beacon Wind LLC, each a 50-50 partnership between Equinor and bp, for the Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind offshore wind projects. Execution of these contracts represents a key milestone in the advancement of offshore wind development in New York State.

The 1,260-megawatt Empire Wind 2 and 1,230-megawatt Beacon Wind projects were provisionally awarded in January 2021 as a result of NYSERDA’s second offshore wind solicitation. Expected to enter into commercial operation in 2026 and 2028, respectively, the projects will strengthen New York’s economy and further drive investments in ports to directly support offshore wind projects while establishing New York as the hub of the offshore wind supply chain. NYSERDA payments to the projects will commence once they obtain all required permits and approvals, complete construction, and begin delivering power to New York. Empire Wind 2 (1,260 megawatts) and Beacon Wind (1,230 megawatts) will generate enough clean energy to power 1.3 million homes and will be major economic drivers, supporting:

  • Unprecedented public and private funding commitments of $644 million in port infrastructure, including:
    • $357 million in the nation’s first offshore wind tower manufacturing facility to be built at the Port of Albany
    • More than $287 million in an offshore wind staging and assembly facility at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT).
  • More than $8.9 billion in anticipated in-state spending.
  • The creation of more than 5,200 jobs backed by commitments to paying prevailing wage and negotiating project labor agreements.
  • $47 million in workforce development and just access funding.

Putting the State’s equity goals squarely into action, Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind will deliver significant economic benefits to disadvantaged communities and support the responsible retirement of aging fossil fuel plants in Queens and Nassau County.

To maximize the long-term economic benefits to the State from the regional development of offshore wind, the contracted projects leverage almost $3 of private funding for every $1 of public funding for a combined investment of $644 million for resilient port facilities in the Capital Region and Brooklyn.

With this award, New York State has five offshore wind projects in active development, demonstrating the State’s unparalleled appetite for clean energy and growing momentum in establishing major ecosystems for workforce development, manufacturing, and operations and maintenance to support the region’s offshore wind projects and the development of a green economy.

This map displays offshore wind project areas in the Atlantic Ocean that will deliver clean, renewable energy to New York. The South Fork Wind Farm, located east of Montauk Point, was awarded by PSEG-LIPA. As a result of NYSERDA’s first solicitation for offshore wind, Empire Wind 1 (located south of Jones Beach in the New York Bight) and Sunrise Wind (located east of Montauk Point) were awarded contracts. In this second procurement, NYSERDA has provisionally awarded Empire Wind 2 (located southeast of Empire 1 in the same federal lease area) and Beacon Wind (located east of Montauk point). The map notes proposed interconnection points at the East Hampton, Holbrook, Barret, Gowanus, and Astoria substations. The map also notes proposed port facilities at the Port of Albany and Port of Coeymans in the Capital Region, South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood, and Port Jefferson and Montauk on Long Island.

The map (see full size map) and photographs display New York’s five offshore wind projects, proposed port facilities, key infrastructure investments, and proposed points of interconnection.

For more information on the awarded offshore wind projects – Empire Wind 2 (1,260 megawatts) and Beacon Wind (1,230 megawatts) – see our New York’s Offshore Wind Projects webpage.

Closed Solicitation, ORECRFP20-1

On July 21, 2020 New York took another major step in advancing the State’s nation-leading climate agenda with the announcement of the largest combined solicitations for renewable energy ever issued by a U.S. state seeking 4,000 megawatts.

ORECRFP20-1, NYSERDA’s second offshore wind procurement, sought up to 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind and a complementary multi-port infrastructure investment, which will bring New York’s total commitment to more than $400 million in public and private dollars for port infrastructure– the largest infrastructure commitment to offshore wind in the nation.

This second offshore wind solicitation supports a comprehensive acceleration of action towards achieving New York State’s mandate to secure 70 percent of the State’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and at least 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035 and another significant milestone in the acceleration of New York’s clean energy and climate goals. Clean energy, including offshore wind, has proven to be a strong economic driver and will play a pivotal role in creating short- and long-term economic development in the State as New York begins to build back better [PDF] Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Submitted Proposals

The public versions of the ORECRFP20-1 proposals are included below:

ORECRFP20-1 Schedule


Date (all times ET)

RFP Release Date

July 21, 2020

Proposers’ Conference via WebEx [PDF]

August 12, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Deadline for Submission of Written Questions

August 19, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Responses to Written Questions Posted [PDF]

August 26, 2020 (revised August 27, 2020)

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Propose

September 23, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Deadline for NYSERDA Portal Registration Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

October 13, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Deadline for Submission of Proposals

October 20, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

NYSERDA Award Notification Date

Q4 2020

Contract(s) Executed

Q4 2020

ORECRFP20-1 and Appendices

Eligibility Requirements

The Offshore Wind Standard Order limited project eligibility to projects that generate electricity from offshore wind projects that:

  • Are located off the coast of the United States
  • Become operational on or after January 1, 2015
  • Deliver electricity into New York
  • Have obtained a lease (executed or provisional) from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., and
  • (New in ORECRFP20-1) Include plans to support port development with up to $400 million in public and private funding for those port locations qualified under Fall 2019 RFQL 4259 (see map and caption below). Funding sources are as follows:

Eligible Sites for the ORECRFP20-1 Solicitation

Eligible Sites for the ORECRFP20-1 Solicitation

Map of the northeast US coast and Long Island Sound showing eligible sites for the ORECRFP20-1 solicitation.


Eligible sites for the ORECRFP20-1 solicitation including offshore wind lease areas in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts and eligible ports pursuant to RFQL 4259, north to south: Port of Albany, East Greenbush, Port of Coeymans, Tompkins Cove, Cortlandt, Derecktor, Port Jefferson, Brooklyn Navy Yard, South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Port Ivory and Arthur Kill Terminal.

Eligible Ports

(Qualified via Fall 2019 RFQL 4259)

  • Arthur Kill Terminal (Atlantic Offshore Terminals)
    A 32-acre undeveloped site on Staten Island, NYC.
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard (Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation)
    A 35-acre developed site as part of a larger 290-acre facility in Wallabout Bay, Brooklyn, NYC
  • Derecktor (Robert E. Derecktor Inc.)
    A 6-acre developed site in Mamaroneck, NY
  • New York State Offshore Wind Port (Association Development Group, Inc.)
    A 30-acre undeveloped site as part of a larger 112-acre facility in East Greenbush, NY
  • Port of Albany (Albany Port District Commission)
    An 81-acre undeveloped site and a 14-acre redeveloped site as part of a larger 400-acre facility in Albany, NY
  • Port of Coeymans (Carver Companies)
    A 36-acre developed site as part of a larger 425-acre facility in Coeymans, NY
  • Port Cortlandt (AKRF, Inc.)
    A 20-acre undeveloped site in Cortlandt, Westchester County, NY
  • Port Ivory (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)
    A 64-acre site on Staten Island comprised of 38 undeveloped acres and 26 unused developed acres on Staten Island, NYC
  • Port Jefferson (Sunrise Wind LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource)
    A 4-acre site at Port Jefferson, NY
  • South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (Sustainable South Brooklyn Marine Terminal L.P., a partnership between Red Hook Terminals and Industry City)
    A 72-acre developed site in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NYC
  • Tompkins Cove (Haugland Group LLC)
    A 15-acre developed site in Tomkins Cove, NY in the mid-Hudson region


Contract Requirements

The Orders authorize NYSERDA to

  • Support the delivery of economic benefits and supply chain investment to New Yorkers by:
  • Support environmental and fisheries stewardship as part of the responsible and cost-effective development of offshore wind by:

Evaluation Criteria

The Offshore Wind Orders prescribe the evaluation of proposals to be based upon an ultimate weighting of 70% price considerations, 20% economic benefits to New Yorkers, and 10% project viability.

Proposers' Conference

NYSERDA hosted a conference for proposers via webinar on August 12, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET. This webinar reviewed elements of the RFP including eligibility criteria, submission requirements, the proposal evaluation process, contract commitments, and the post-award process and agreement.

Slides from this webinar can be found via this link [PDF]

Communications and Updates regarding the RFP

All relevant documents pertaining to this RFP will be available on this site. Proposers are advised to check this website regularly for updates.