2020 Offshore Wind Solicitation (Open)

On July 21, 2020 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 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.

This announcement formally opens this solicitation, ORECRFP20-1, NYSERDA’s second offshore wind procurement where NYSERDA is seeking 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 since last year – the largest infrastructure commitment to offshore wind in the nation.

ORECRFP20-1 is launched in accordance with the Public Service Commission Order Authorizing Offshore Wind Solicitation in 2020 [PDF]. This Order was issued on April 23, 2020 and advances the achievement of Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading goal to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035, as adopted by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).

Governor Cuomo’s announcement also included the launch of coordinated land-based solicitations issued from NYSERDA and from the New York Power Authority Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. for renewable energy projects. The solicitations are seeking over 1,500 megawatts of clean energy, enough to power half a million New York homes for 20 years.

Together, these three clean energy development initiatives are expected to spur approximately $7 billion in direct investments and create approximately 4,500 good-paying short- and long-term jobs. Importantly, each of these initiatives break new ground by focusing the economic growth and job creation power of renewable energy in prioritizing hiring in Environmental Justice Areas and benefits to Disadvantaged Communities in line with the state’s new climate law’s equity goals. The solicitations also send a clear buy-clean demand signal to the market to spur the use of advanced materials and other strategies to reduce the carbon footprint of future large-scale renewable projects.

Opening this second offshore wind solicitation, ORECRFP20-1, 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 Governor Cuomo’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..


ORECRFP20-1 Schedule

Event

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:
    • $100 million in Empire State Development grant funding,
    • $100 million in low-interest financing,
    • $200 million in private-sector matching funds, for a 1:1 public/private match.

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.

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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:
    • Requiring payment of prevailing wage, a standard set by the New York State Department of Labor, and include good-faith negotiations towards the use of Project Labor Agreement for workers associated with the construction of any awarded facility, including promoting opportunities specifically for:
      • New York State’s Minority and Women Owned Business Entities (M/WBE),
      • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business, and
      • Employment of New York Workers and Low-Income Workers
    • Providing, via the New York State Supplier Opportunity, opportunities for New York companies to offer to provide goods and services to developers and suppliers of the Project for which there is capability in New York State via the New York Offshore Wind Supply Chain Database
    • (NEW in ORECRFP20-1) Supporting the outcomes envisioned by New York State’s nation-leading climate legislation, the CLCPA, including its target of delivering at least 35 percent of the overall benefits from New York State’s climate programs to Disadvantaged Communities.
  • Support environmental and fisheries stewardship as part of the responsible and cost-effective development of offshore wind by:
    • Submitting a fisheries mitigation plan describing development practices that will minimize impacts to fisheries
    • Participating in New York State’s offshore wind technical working groups: Environmental, Commercial Fishing, Jobs and Supply Chain, and Maritime
    • Consulting with relevant State agencies around fishing, wildlife, and the environment
    • Making environmental data collected during site assessment publicly available
    • Implement lighting controls to minimize nighttime visibility
    • Minimizing visual impacts
    • (NEW in ORECRFP20-1) Providing financial and technical support for regional monitoring of wildlife and key commercial fish stocks through a minimum contribution of $10,000 per megawatt of operational installed capacity to understand how offshore wind energy development potentially affects the distribution and abundance of sensitive species – including:
      • $5,000 per megawatt to support key commercial fish stock monitoring; and
      • $5,000 per megawatt to support regional wildlife monitoring

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.