The Public Service Commission in New York state has authorised the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to proceed with a solicitation for up to 2.5 GW of offshore wind energy, the largest such solicitation to date in the US
Responding to the decision, New York Offshore Wind Alliance director Joe Martens said, “By acting quickly, the PSC Order will help ensure that New York is able to take maximum advantage of expiring federal tax credits, limited offshore lease areas, and the developing offshore wind supply chain.
“That means more jobs for New Yorkers, enormous economic and environmental benefits and a giant step forward in reaching the state’s renewable energy and offshore wind targets.”
The order follows a ‘Phase 1’ PSC authorisation in 2018 that resulted in 2019 contracts for two large-scale projects that will provide clean energy to New York: the 880-MW Sunrise Wind project sponsored by Ørsted and Eversource and the 816-MW Empire Project sponsored by Equinor US Wind.
These initial two projects, which are expected to come online by 2024, will provide enough clean electricity for more than a million households, generate US$3.2Bn in economic activity and provide 1,200 jobs.
Business Network for Offshore Wind president and chief executive Liz Burdock said, “This announcement is more than positive news. It will mean access to clean energy for thousands of homes, less carbon emissions, and a boost to job creation at a time when our economy needs a shot to the arm. The PSC’s announcement shows they understand that offshore wind energy is an unparalleled business opportunity.”