2022 Offshore Wind Solicitation
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On July 27, 2022, Governor Hochul announced the release of New York’s third competitive offshore wind solicitation, seeking enough clean, renewable energy to power at least 1.5 million New York homes. The highly-anticipated third solicitation includes the first phase of a nation-leading $500 million investment in offshore wind ports, manufacturing, and supply chain infrastructure as announced during the 2022 State of the State Address. This third offshore wind solicitation is another great stride toward achieving New York State’s Climate Act 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.
Under the New York State Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Order Establishing Offshore Wind Standard and Framework [PDF] for Phase 1 Procurement, issued on July 12, 2018, Order Adopting Modifications to the Clean Energy Standard [PDF] issued on October 15, 2020 in Case No. 15-E-0302, and most recently in the Order on Power Grid Study Recommendations [PDF] issued on January 20, 2022 in Case Nos. 20-E-0197, 18-E-0071, and 15-E-0302, NYSERDA seeks to procure Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) through this third solicitation (ORECRFP22-1). Solicitation award announcements are expected in early 2023.
ORECRFP22-1 will expand New York State’s existing ~4,300 megawatt portfolio which currently consists of five offshore wind projects. New York State aspires to secure its position as the hub of offshore wind energy and is gaining momentum in establishing major ecosystems for workforce development, manufacturing, and operations & maintenance to support the region’s offshore wind projects and the development of a green economy.
For more information on NYSERDA's existing portfolio of projects – Sunrise Wind (924 megawatts), Empire Wind 1 (816 megawatts), Empire Wind 2 (1,260 megawatts) and Beacon Wind (1,230 megawatts) – see our New York’s Offshore Wind Projects webpage.
Open Solicitation, ORECRFP22-1
A draft version of the solicitation was released for public comment in March 2022, and a follow-up request for Information was released in May 2022 to ensure that the procurement advances New York’s offshore wind goals in a thoughtful, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible manner to the benefit of all New Yorkers. During the two public comment periods, NYSERDA received over 1,300 comments from over 60 stakeholder groups and individuals representing the development community, labor, academia, manufacturing, environmental organizations, ratepayers, and others. In addition to the Request for Information process, NYSERDA hosted an information webinar [PDF] on the Supply Chain Investment Plans (SCIPs) related to ORECRFP22-1 and the $500 million in New York State funding for offshore wind infrastructure on July 14, 2022. The draft RFP, subsequent RFI, and informational webinar issued prior to the RFP release do not necessarily reflect the final solicitation. Interested parties participating in the third offshore wind solicitation should reference the documents posted under ORECRFP22-1 Documents.
This third solicitation includes key initiatives to advance New York’s responsible and forward-thinking approach to growing our offshore wind portfolio. The 2022 solicitation reflects step changes in New York State Public Service Law, Public Service Commission Orders, and priorities expressed by Governor Hochul in the 2022 State of the State Address [PDF]:
- Supply Chain Investment Plans (SCIPs) are required and will support the development of a strong, local supply chain that will not only create jobs for New Yorkers but help bolster the State’s standing as a regional hub for offshore wind manufacturing.
- Due to the reduced footprint in transmitting energy from offshore wind projects to shore, high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology will be required for all projects where cables will be installed in areas of constraint. If HVDC is used, projects must be Meshed Ready to strengthen reliability and provide redundancy. These features also permit more flexibility for future offshore wind projects. Please refer to Appendix G to learn more about these requirements.
- Proposals must include Stakeholder Engagement Plans and New York Workforce and Jobs Plans to ensure alignment with the principles of a just transition outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (“Climate Act”).
- In promoting the intent of the New York Buy American Act, the solicitation sets a minimum U.S. iron and steel purchase requirement for all projects awarded to encourage domestic steel production and requiring developers to provide opportunities for U.S.-based steel suppliers to participate in the growing offshore wind industry.
- Proposers may submit plans to repurpose existing downstate fossil-based electric generation infrastructure in alignment with Governor Hochul’s 2022 State of the State priorities to enhance future system reliability and support more renewable energy on the grid. Proposers must submit a timeline and studies to support the proposal that consider local requirements and plans to address the just transition of generation plant workers.
- This solicitation allows for economic benefits associated with Energy Storage and other clean energy and decarbonization investments. Investments may include pilot and demonstration projects that complement offshore wind development, including innovative storage projects such as Clean Electrolytic Hydrogen.
|Event||Date (all times ET)|
|RFP Release Date||July 27, 2022|
|Proposers’ Conference Presentation Slides [PDF]||August 23, 2022, 10:00 a.m.|
|Deadline for Submission of Written Questions||September 16, 2022, 3:00 p.m.|
|Responses to Written Questions Posted||October 7, 2022|
|NYSERDA Portal Open for Registration||October 31, 2022|
|Deadline for Notice of Intent to Propose||December 1, 2022, 3:00 p.m.|
|Deadline for NYSERDA Portal Registration
||December 15, 2022, 3:00 p.m.|
|Deadline for Submission of Proposals||December 22, 2022, 3:00 p.m.|
|NYSERDA Award Notification Date||Est. Q1 2023|
|Contract(s) Executed||Est. Q2 2023|
- Request for Proposals (ORECRFP22-1) [PDF]
- Appendix A - Notice of Intent to Propose [PDF]
- Appendix B - Proposer Certification Form [PDF]
- Appendix C.1 - Economic Benefits Claims and Verifications [PDF]
- Appendix C.2 - Supply Chain Investment Plan Requirements [PDF]
- Appendix D - Elements of the Fisheries Mitigation Plan [PDF]
- Appendix E - Elements of the Environmental Mitigation Plan [PDF]
- Appendix F - Elements of the Stakeholder Engagement Plan [PDF]
- Appendix G - Meshed Ready Technical Requirements [PDF]
- Appendix H - New York Jobs and Workforce Plan [PDF]
- Appendix I - Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificate Standard Form Purchase and Sale Agreement [DOCX]
- Appendix J - SCIP Facility Funding Agreement [DOCX]
- Appendix K - Offer Data Form [XLSX]
- Appendix L - Master Offers Form [XLSX]
- Appendix M - Supply Chain Investment Plan Data Form [XLSX]
- Appendix N - Proposal Submission Guide [PDF]
- Disclosure Statement [PDF]
- Executive Order No. 16 [PDF]
Offshore Wind Availability as of July 2022
In accordance with Public Service Commission Orders, eligibility is limited to projects that:
- Are located off the coast of the United States
- Become operational on or after January 1, 2015
- Demonstrate delivery of electricity into New York
- Have obtained a lease (executed or provisional) from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) , and
- (New in ORECRFP22-1) Include Supply Chain Investment Plans that will utilize up to $300 million in New York State funding to localize component manufacturing and critical offshore wind staging, assembling, maintenance and operations ports
- (New in ORECRFP22-1) Must be Meshed Ready (in accordance with the specifications noted in Appendix G) and they must utilize HVDC technology for the radial export cable
- (New in ORECRFP22-1) Stakeholder Engagement Plans and New York Workforce and Jobs Plans
This RFP supports the responsible and cost-effective development of offshore wind by requiring proposers to:
- Include commitments to negotiate project labor agreements, labor peace agreements and prevailing wages
- Submit environmental and fisheries mitigation plans describing development practice that will minimize impacts to fisheries and the environment
- Participate in New York State’s offshore wind technical working groups: Environmental, Commercial Fishing, Jobs and Supply Chain, and Maritime
- Consult with relevant State agencies around fishing, wildlife, and the environment
- Make environmental data collected during site assessment publicly available
- Implement lighting controls to minimize nighttime visibility
- Minimize visual impacts
The Public Service Commission 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.
NYSERDA hosted a conference for proposers via webinar on August 23, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EST. The webinar addressed key elements from the RFP including eligibility criteria, submission requirements, the proposal evaluation process, contract commitments, and the post-award process and agreement. Interested parties may review the presentation slides through the following link, ORECRFP22-1: Proposers Conference Presentation Slides [PDF].
Communications and Updates Regarding the RFP
NYSERDA’s Offshore Wind Team has released the first set of responses to questions from stakeholders regarding the open offshore wind solicitation (ORECRFP22-1). Interested parties may review these responses through the following link, ORECRFP22-1 Responses to Written Questions [PDF].
As a reminder, the deadline for submission of questions for the ORECRFP22-1 is September 16, 2022, and all questions should be sent to [email protected]. Answers will be posted by October 7, 2022. In order to maintain the integrity of the competitive process, questions about the RFP should be stated in a generic and non-project specific manner such that the question and answer can be anonymized and published in accordance with Section 1.6 of the RFP. No information should be shared with NYSERDA regarding the specifics of a potential proposal if it is not able to be published in this manner.
All relevant documents pertaining to this RFP will be available on this site. Any changes to the RFP process or documents will be posted on this site and sent via email to those parties who have submitted a Notice of Intent to Propose. Interested parties are advised to check this website for update.