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2022 Offshore Wind Solicitation

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Governor Hochul announced as part of her 2022 State of the State address that NYSERDA will launch its third offshore wind solicitation in 2022. Under this solicitation, NYSERDA will procure an anticipated 2,000 megawatts minimum of offshore wind energy, leveraging $500 million of New York State funding (subject to legislative approval of the proposed FY 2023 Executive Budget), and placing further emphasis on New York’s nation leading decarbonization goals set forth in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (Climate Act).

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) in 2022 and is contemplating the third solicitation (ORECRFP22-1) for launch in Q2 2022.  

ORECRFP22-1 seeks to expand on New York State’s existing ~4,300 MW portfolio consisting 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 and maintenance to support the region’s offshore wind projects and the development of a green economy.

This third offshore wind solicitation supports a comprehensive acceleration of action 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. 

For more information on 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.

ORECRFI22-2

Under this Request for Information (RFI), NYSERDA is looking for feedback on five key topics related to the upcoming third offshore wind solicitation:

  • U.S. Iron and Steel as it relates to New York State Public Service Law (PSL) section 66-r, also referred to as the Buy-American Act;
  • Meshed Ready requirements presented in Appendix G;
  • De-risking project exposure to inflation;
  • Interconnection Cost Options; and
  • Supply Chain Investment Plans.

Stakeholders are invited to review and comment on proposed updates to the draft version of ORECRFP22-1 (the Draft RFP), and to provide feedback that will assist NYSERDA in finalizing the RFP prior to its release.

This RFI comment period ends on May 27, 2022, at 3:00 P.M. EST. Please submit comments via email to offshorewind@nyserda.ny.gov.

DRAFT ORECRFP22-1

Following the BOEM Final Sale Notice [PDF] issued on January 12, 2022, the lease auction held on February 23, 2022 resulted in six winning bids totaling $4.37 billion. NYSERDA considers current, prospective, and future leaseholders as partners in the responsible and cost-effective development of offshore wind resources.

The DRAFT solicitation package (ORECRFI22-1) was published on March 11, 2022 with due date for comments of April 8, 2022. NYSERDA received and processed over 800 comments on the ORECRFI22-1.