Offshore Wind Standard Requirements

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Closed Procurement: ORECRFP18-1

On November 8, 2018 NYSERDA issued its inaugural solicitation for offshore wind energy pursuant to the framework provided by the New York State Public Service Commission’s Order Adopting the Offshore Wind StandardLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. [PDF].

Eligibility Requirements

The Offshore Wind Standard Order 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 (executed or provisional) from the Bureau of Ocean Energy ManagementLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

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 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..

Evaluation Criteria

The Offshore Wind Standard Order prescribes the evaluation of proposals to be based upon an ultimate weighting of 70% price considerations, 20% economic benefits to New Yorkers, and 10% based on project viability.