Offshore Wind Solicitations

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NYSERDA is coordinating offshore wind opportunities in New York State to bring clean, locally-produced renewable energy to Long Island and New York City. Offshore wind will be a crucial step on the pathway to a carbon-neutral economy. New York’s ambitious and comprehensive climate change legislation, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, includes both a requirement for 70% of New York’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 and 9,000 MW of offshore wind energy by 2035.

In the Fall of 2018, NYSERDA issued its first solicitation for offshore wind to stimulate the development of the domestic offshore wind industry, reduce the cost of later offshore wind procurements, and allow New York State to realize the economic benefits associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind resources.

As a result of the inaugural solicitation, NYSERDA selected two offshore wind projects - Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind - through a rigorous process according to proposal price, New York State economic benefits and project viability. Once these facilities reach commercial operation, NYSERDA will procure Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificates, ORECs, from the awarded facilities. Through these awards, the projects will deliver clean, resilient offshore wind energy to New Yorkers for 25 years or more.

In his 2020 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced that in 2020, NYSERDA will issue its second solicitation for offshore wind facilities to yield at least an additional 1,000 megawatts of clean power.

Based on the terms of the New York Public Service Commission’s July 2018 Order Establishing Offshore Wind Standard and Framework for Phase 1 ProcurementLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., NYSERDA has filed a petitionLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. to initiate a regulatory proceeding seeking Commission authorization to issue a 2020 offshore wind solicitation.