2018 Solicitation

NYSERDA has launched its first request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind energy to help accelerate progress toward New York State’s goal of developing 2,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind energy by 2030.

Through this 2018 solicitation, ORECRFP18-1, NYSERDA seeks to procure 800 MW or more of offshore wind renewable energy certificates (ORECs) as authorized by the New York State Public Service Commission’s Order establishing the Offshore Wind Standard [PDF]. Notable provisions in this solicitation include:

  • Ensuring that coastal communities are fully engaged and informed during the development and construction process;
  • Requiring Project Labor Agreements and prevailing wage for workers associated with the construction of any awarded facility;
  • Incentivizing associated jobs, project spending, and infrastructure investments in New York State by requiring awardees to provide an economic benefits plan for evaluation, backed by independent audit and verification of the realization of these claims; and
  • Actively addressing the interests of ocean users such as commercial and recreational fishing and environmental stakeholders as reflected in mitigation plans which are informed by New York’s technical working groups.

Learn more by downloading the 2018 Solicitation Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]

ORECRFP18-1 and Appendices

ORECRFP18-1 Schedule

NYSERDA is providing proposers several opportunities to engage and learn more about activities related to the RFP. This schedule outlines these opportunities, related events, and other important milestones.

Date Event
November 8, 2018 RFP Release Date
November 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. ET State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy Development
November 14, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
November 15, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET New York Offshore Wind Supplier Forum
November 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET Proposers Conference [PDF]
December 6, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET Deadline for Submission of Written Questions
December 13, 2018 Responses to Written Questions Posted [PDF]
December 20, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET Deadline for Notice of Intent to Propose
February 7, 2019, 3:00 p.m. ET Deadline for NYSERDA Portal Registration
February 14, 2019, 3:00 p.m. ET Deadline for Submission of Proposals
April 2019 NYSERDA Award Notification Date
June 2019 Contract(s) Executed

All dates in this schedule are subject to change. Notification of any changes to the RFP schedule, process, or documents will be posted on this page and sent via email to those parties who have submitted a Notice of Intent to Propose.

Proposers Conference

NYSERDA hosted a conference for proposers via webinar on Thursday, November 29, 2018 to review elements of the RFP including eligibility criteria, submission requirements, the proposal evaluation process, contract commitments, and the post-award process and agreement. View the presentation slides [PDF] and webinar recordingLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Responses to Written Questions

NYSERDA responded to written questions received during the Proposers Conference or sent via email to offshorewind@nyserda.ny.gov on November 13, 2018.

Proposal Submission Process

  1. Create a profile on NYSERDA’s portal. Proposers must create a profile on the NYSERDA’s Offshore Wind portal by February 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
  2. Submit a proposal through NYSERDA’s portal. Proposals must be submitted through NYSERDA’s Offshore Wind portal by February 14, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. ET.