Generators and Developers

NYSERDA, in consultation with the New York Power Authority and Long Island Power Authority, will procure approximately 800 megawatts of offshore wind between 2018 and 2019. NYSERDA will issue its first offshore wind energy request for proposals (RFP) in the fourth quarter of 2018, and a second RFP may be issued in 2019 if needed.

NYSERDA commenced its RFP development process on July 20, 2018 by seeking feedback on its offshore wind energy procurements through the Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits Request for Information (RFI OSW-2018).

Eligibility Requirements

The OrderLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. [PDF] limits project eligibility to projects that generate electricity from offshore wind that:

  • Are located off the coast of the United States
  • Become operational on or after January 1, 2015
  • Deliver electricity directly or indirectly into New York
  • Have obtained a lease from the Bureau of Ocean Energy ManagementLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

NYSERDA has discretion to determine additional eligibility requirements for participation in the solicitation.

Contract Requirements

The Order also:

  • Authorizes NYSERDA to include commitments to project labor agreements and prevailing wages as contract requirements for awarded projects
  • Requires bidders to:
    • Submit a fisheries mitigation plan describing development practices that will minimize impacts to fisheries
    • Participate in New York State’s offshore wind technical working groups: Environmental, Commercial and Recreational Fishing, Jobs and Supply Chain, and Maritime
    • Consult with relevant State agencies around fishing, wildlife, and the environment
    • Make environmental data collected during site assessment publicly available
    • Implement lighting controls to minimize nighttime visibility
    • Minimize visual impacts

Other contract requirements are available in the OrderLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..