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Solicitations for Large-Scale Renewables

 

2022 RES Solicitation for Tier 1 RECs

NYSERDA has launched the sixth annual Renewable Energy Standard (RES) request for proposals, RESRFP22-1, to continue accelerating progress toward Governor Hochul’s target of generating 70 percent of New York State’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Through the 2022 solicitation, NYSERDA seeks to procure approximately 4.5 million Tier 1 eligible Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from eligible facilities that enter commercial operation on or after January 1, 2015 and on or before May 31, 2025, unless extended to May 31, 2028.

RESRFP22-1 will be implemented through a two-step process, consisting of:

  1. Step One Eligibility Application: A qualifying step through which the proposer must provide evidence that the Bid Facility is Tier 1 eligible and other general information about the Proposer and the Bid Facility. The Step One Eligibility Application will be made available to Proposers on October 12, 2022.
  2. Step Two Bid Proposal: A competitive Bid Proposal step, through which NYSERDA will:

    a. examine Bid Proposals to determine whether they demonstrate that the Bid Facility and Proposer meet the Minimum Threshold Requirements; and

    b. for Bid Proposals that meet those Minimum Threshold Requirements, perform a competitive evaluation based on price and non-price factors.

To start a Step One Eligibility Application, proposers will be required to register on the solicitation website Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. The solicitation website, and proposer registration to begin and submit a Step One Eligibility Application, will be available on October 12, 2022 following the Proposer’s Webinar.

RESRFP22-1 Proposers’ Webinar

NYSERDA will host a webinar on this RFP and the submittal process for potential proposers on Wednesday, October 6, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Register for the RESRFP22-1 Proposer’s Webinar Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Associated Documents

Recent Solicitations

Information on the most recent RES solicitations is available here:

Aggregate RES and Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) information is available on the CES Resources webpage and the Large-Scale Renewables Open NY databaseLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

NYSERDA continues to work actively with communities hosting awarded renewable projects to ensure they have the tools they need to make informed decisions regarding project development. For more information on renewable energy development and education, please contact [email protected] and consult the Renewable Energy Standard solicitation FAQs [PDF] and Clean Energy Siting for Local Governments resources.

Project Siting and Permitting Resources

These resources can help inform proposers’ decisions regarding project siting for future solicitations.

Disadvantaged Communities

This interactive map identifies areas throughout the State that meet the interim criteria identified for a disadvantaged community as defined by New York State at the time of the 2022 Tier 1 solicitation, RESRFP22-1. It contains the 4,145 Census block groups that make up the interim Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) approach applicable to RESRFP22-1. The State’s Climate Justice Working Group is working to finalize the criteria for defining DAC in New York. These interim criteria will apply to all Large-Scale Renewable projects awarded before the final DAC criteria are finalized. Once the final DAC criteria are finalized, they will be incorporated into future solicitations and an updated map of New York DAC will be provided for reference in future solicitations.  

Interim Disadvantaged Communities Interactive Map Tool Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

Agricultural Mitigation Resources

In order to facilitate the protection of agricultural lands in the state’s Agricultural Districts, Proposers awarded under RESRFP22-1 may be responsible for making an agricultural mitigation payment to a designated fund based on the extent to which the solar project footprint overlaps with New York’s highest quality agricultural soils, identified as Mineral Soil Groups classifications 1 through 4 (MSG 1-4). This mitigation approach intends to set a benchmark for potential agricultural mitigation payments, which solar project developers may be able to reduce by minimizing the facility’s impact on MSG 1-4 and/or introducing or retaining agricultural productivity on the project site. Instances where Proposers cannot avoid or minimize impacts on MSG 1-4 will result in a payment to a fund administered by NYSERDA in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Markets to support ongoing regional agricultural practices.

An interactive map of statewide MSG 1-4 and downloadable files containing the same MSG 1-4 data are available at the link below for the use of Proposers and other interested parties.

NYSERDA 2022 Soils Data for use in the Large-Scale Renewables and NY-Sun Programs Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

Operational Flexibility and Grid Resources

The following NYSERDA, DPS, and NYISO studies and stakeholder proceedings are encouraged for use to inform Proposers’ due diligence. Proposers should note that these resources are subject to additional updates, and may be amended by other applicable studies and/or updated assessments and public data.

In 2020, New York State passed the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act [PDF] to accelerate progress towards the State’s nation-leading clean energy goals. The Act instructed the State to conduct a Power Grid Study to inform transmission system investments that will be necessary to achieve the clean energy goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act). The Power Grid Study is comprised of three component studies: 1) a joint utilities study on local transmission and distribution needs; 2) an offshore wind study of bulk-power transmission needs; and 3) a statewide transmission analysis to achieve the Climate Act goals. To read the studies, review public comments, and engage in the public process, visit the Department of Public Service Matter Master 20-00905/20-E-0197Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. or access the studies below.

Energy Storage Resources

NYSERDA encourages proposers to use these resources to inform decisions regarding projects with energy storage for future solicitations.

2022 RES Solicitation Request for Information (RESRFI22-1)

Under this Request for Information (RFI), NYSERDA is seeking external stakeholder review and feedback on key topics and proposed modifications to the upcoming annual Tier 1 solicitation for large-scale renewables, RESRFP22-1.

Interested stakeholders are invited to review and comment on proposed updates and modifications to the 2022 Tier 1 solicitation under this RFI. This feedback will assist NYSERDA in finalizing the solicitation prior to its release. The RFI document and related appendices are linked below.

This RFI comment period ended on July 28, 2022, at 3:00 P.M. EST.

2022 Large-Scale Renewables Capacity Accreditation Request for Information (LSRRFI22-1)

Under this separate, parallel Request for Information (RFI), NYSERDA is seeking external stakeholder review and comment on NYSERDA’s proposed Index formula modifications to reflect the New NYISO Capacity Accreditation Rules. This feedback will assist NYSERDA in finalizing its proposed approach. NYSERDA in consultation with the Department of Public Service (DPS) intends to address existing and future Index REC and Index OREC contracts to account for any changes to long-term capacity revenue expectations resulting from the revisions to the Market Administration and Control Area Services Tariff proposed by the New York Independent System Operator, Inc. (NYISO) recently approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to adopt a marginal capacity accreditation market design.

The RFI document is linked below.

This RFI comment period ended on August 4, 2022, at 3:00 P.M. EST. 

In response to requests for clarification of certain elements of LSRRFI22-1, NYSERDA has compiled a Q&A document for respondents, available here: