2018 Solicitation Results

Through New York State's first statewide offshore wind solicitation, ORECRFP18-1, NYSERDA has finalized contracts with Equinor Wind US LLC for its 816 megawatt Empire Wind Project and Sunrise Wind LLC (a joint venture of Ørsted A/S and Eversource Energy) for its 880 megawatt Sunrise Wind Project to deliver clean, affordable, renewable energy to New Yorkers.

Projects Project capacity in megawatts (MW)
Empire Wind
(Equinor US Holdings, Inc.)
816 MW
Sunrise Wind
(Sunrise Wind LLC, a joint venture of Ørsted A/S and Eversource Energy)
880 MW

Through these contracts, the projects will deliver clean, resilient offshore wind energy to New Yorkers for 25 years or more.

Downloadable Contracting and Solicitation Awards Information:

Contract Group

Under the New York State Public Service Commission's July 2018 Order, which set the framework for the first phase of solicitations, NYSERDA selected and contracted with two offshore wind project proposals, totaling nearly 1,700 megawatts.

The two projects will produce enough electricity to power more than 1 million New York homes. The projects will bring a combined economic impact of $3.2 billion to upstate, downstate, and Long Island, and more than $85 million investments in long-term port facilities and cutting-edge technologies. They will support more than 1,600 jobs in project development, component manufacturing, installation, and operations and maintenance, and will directly offer well-paying careers with salaries of approximately $100,000 per year.

As the largest procurement for offshore wind in the nation’s history, this announcement takes the first implementation step for New York’s offshore wind goals under the Clean Energy Standard and in satisfaction of the 2015 State Energy Plan, which will also help achieve Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading Green New Deal goal of reaching 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035.

A map showing the Sunrise Wind Project off the East coast of Long Island with transmission lines running to the Holdbrook Substation and the Empire Wind Project, South of Long Island with transmission lines running to the Gowanus Substation

This map shows the lease areas of the two awarded projects, Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind.


This map shows the combined project areas for Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind, the proposals selected for contract negotiations. Empire Wind is located centrally in the New York Bight and Sunrise Wind is far to the east of Montauk, Long Island. Proposed port facilities, including the Port of Coeymans, the Port of Albany, Port Jefferson, South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Homeport Pier, and the Arthur Kill Terminal, as well as proposed onshore substations at Gowanus, Brooklyn and Holbrook, Long Island are noted.

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Contract Execution and Phase One Report

In October 2019, NYSERDA finalized contracts for these first two offshore wind projects. Concurrently, NYSERDA submitted a comprehensive filing to the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) “Launching New York’s Offshore Wind Industry: Phase 1 Report” (Report). The Report documents the successful results of New York’s first large-scale offshore wind solicitation with a combined total capacity of nearly 1,700 megawatts and provides important details about these, the highest scoring projects. These publications are a significant milestone in the State's commitment to transparency as it delivers the promise of a clean electricity future.

The Report is an analysis of the solicitation process and includes details of the executed contracts, including:

  • Unprecedented competition: New York’s first procurement garnered the most competitive market response to date among all U.S. state offshore wind solicitations and demonstrates New York’s unparalleled reach to existing lease areas spanning New England to New Jersey and that New York State’s procurement mechanism for Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificates (ORECs) is widely seen as attractive to private developers in the U.S. offshore wind market.
  • Cost-effectiveness: The Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind projects have an average all-in development cost of $83.36 per megawatt hour (2018 dollars) with an expected average OREC cost of $25.14 per megawatt hour. The average bill impact for residential customers will be less than a dollar per month per customer – approximately $0.73. These prices are approximately 40 percent less than projected by NYSERDA’s 2018 analysis, signaling that offshore wind is an increasingly competitively priced renewable energy resource.
  • Innovation Contracting Structure: The contracts utilize an innovative Index OREC contracting structure where payments rise and fall inversely to a composite average of New York’s energy and capacity market prices, which do not reflect actual project revenues but do provide protection for ratepayers and projects against volatility in utility bills and project revenue, respectively.
  • Environmental, Fishing and Ocean Use Priorities: These projects demonstrate a strong commitment through the inclusion of mitigation plans that actively address the interests of ocean users such as commercial and recreational fishing and environmental stakeholders and ensure that coastal communities will be fully engaged and informed during the development and construction process.
  • Protecting New York Families: These projects will provide approximately $700 million of avoided health impact benefits in the form of avoided hospitalization and premature death associated with asthma and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, demonstrating tremendous economic and societal value for New York families.

For more information, download the full report or summary fact sheet, below, or see to the New York State Department of Public Service’s Matter Master platform.

Download the full Phase One Report [PDF]

Download the Phase One Report Summary Fact Sheet [PDF]

NYS DPS Matter Master: Case 18-E-0071, In the Matter of Offshore Wind EnergyLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

Closed Solicitation, ORECRFP18-1

ORECRFP18-1 and Appendices

ORECRFP18-1 Schedule

Date Event
November 8, 2018 RFP Release DateLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.
February 14, 2019 Deadline for Submission of Proposals
Spring 2019 NYSERDA Award Notification Date
Summer 2019 Contracts Awarded
Fall 2019 Contracts Finalized and Launching New York’s Offshore Wind Industry: Phase 1 Report Filed with the New York State Public Service Commission

Proposers Conference

NYSERDA hosted a conference for proposers via webinar on 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.

Four Major Developers Proposed

Four major developers submitted proposals to NYSERDA's 2018 solicitation. Public versions of the proposals are included below:

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project - Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC (joint venture of EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US)

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project - Proposal 1

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project - Proposal 2

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project - Proposal 3

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project - Proposal 4

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project - Proposal 5

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project - Proposal 6

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project - Proposal 7

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project - Proposal 8

Empire Wind Project – Equinor US Holdings, Inc

Liberty Wind - Vineyard Wind LLC (joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables)

Sunrise Wind – Bay State Wind LLC (joint venture of Ørsted A/S and Eversource Energy)