Offshore Wind Solicitations

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New York is advancing offshore wind energy as a key component of the Clean Energy Standard—the State’s mandate of getting 50 percent of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030—including a pioneering goal of developing 2,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power by the same year. To support these 2030 goals and as part of his 2018 State of the State Address, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called for the State to procure at least 800 MW of offshore wind energy through two solicitations in 2018 and 2019.

On July 12, 2018, the New York Public Service Commission issued an Order Adopting the Offshore Wind StandardLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. [PDF]. The Offshore Wind Standard authorizes solicitations by NYSERDA, in consultation with the Long Island Power Authority and New York Power Authority, for a first phase of offshore wind procurements in 2018 and 2019.

On November 8, 2018, NYSERDA issued its first solicitation for 800 MW or more of new offshore wind projects for New York. This initial commitment will 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 direct benefits associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind resources. This milestone represents significant progress toward realizing New York State’s offshore wind energy goals while continuing the State’s commitment to advancing offshore wind energy in a responsible and cost-effective manner.