New York state governor Andrew Cuomo has committed to hold another solicitation for offshore wind energy in 2020
In documents issued when the governor gave his 2020 State of the State address, Cuomo said that in 2020, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) would issue its second solicitation for offshore wind.
This solicitation is expected to yield at least an additional 1.0 GW of clean power, “and perhaps substantially more,” said ‘New York State, Making Progress Happen.’
The document said NYSERDA’s solicitation will be designed to capture the rapidly falling costs of offshore wind energy and deliver significant economic value to New Yorkers in the form of affordable, reliable new clean energy, creating thousands of new jobs in the burgeoning offshore wind industry.
NYSERDA, the Department of Transportation and Empire State Development will also initiate a competitive process to award US$200M in public investments in port infrastructure improvements. The awards will be structured to maximise accompanying private investment and to attract the manufacturing, assembly and maintenance of offshore wind equipment to New York.
The agencies conducted a request for expressions of interest process in 2019, yielding more than 10 proposals. They will issue a competitive request for proposals early in 2020.
In 2019, Governor Cuomo finalised agreements for two offshore windfarms, Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind that will generate nearly 1.7 GW of electricity. The projects will also create more than 1,600 jobs, with construction, assembly and maintenance facilities expected to come to the Capital Region, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Long Island.