Ports and Infrastructure

New: Port Infrastructure Request for Qualifications (RFQL)
Responses Due: November 15, 2019 by 3:00 p.m. ET

New York State has released an Offshore Wind Port Infrastructure Request for Qualifications (RFQL) which constitutes Phase 1 of a 2-phase process through which New York State seeks to pre-qualify applicants and then select proposals for public/private investment in port infrastructure that will advance the offshore wind industry in New York State. Only those Applicants who are pre-qualified under this RFQL will be eligible to participate in a Request for Proposals (RFP) that will be issued by New York State in 2020. The RFP will be a competitive solicitation by which New York State may invest up to $200 million in New York port infrastructure.

 

Due to the scale of offshore wind technology, waterfront facilities are generally required to manufacture and handle primary components. Infrastructure requirements vary significantly depending on the end-use of a particular facility, whether it be to support operations and maintenance, manufacturing staging, or other activities. As the local offshore wind supply chain matures, a number of offshore wind port facilities will be either developed or refurbished across the region.

New York is poised to capture a significant portion of this port activity. The State already benefits from a diverse array of existing port infrastructure across three distinct geographic regions: New York Harbor, Long Island, and the Hudson River. As part of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, NYSERDA published a report analyzing more than 60 existing port facilities and areas that are capable of supporting offshore wind development. Building on this work, NYSERDA has completed a second phase of its port assessment, working jointly with industry through the Jobs and Supply Chain Technical Working Group to refine the initial report and to expand its analysis of specific opportunities. NYSERDA will continue to work with stakeholders to advance offshore wind port infrastructure in New York State and to execute on the State’s commitment to invest $200 million in port infrastructure to unlock private supply chain capital and maximize the long-term economic benefits to the State.

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