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New York State announces largest-ever renewable energy solicitation [free access]

July 22, 2020

The Governor of New York State has announced the largest, combined clean energy solicitations ever to be issued in the US, seeking up to 4,000 MW of renewable energy (RE). This includes New York's second offshore wind (OSW) solicitation, which seeks up to 2,500 MW of projects, the largest in the nation's history.


The OSW solicitation includes a multi-port strategy and requirement for OSW generators to partner with any of the eleven prequalified New York ports, to stage, construct, manufacture key components, or coordinate operations and maintenance activities. This solicitation is expected to bring the State halfway towards its goal of 9,000 MW of OSW by 2035, and meet the climate and environment goals under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) signed by the Governor in 2019. The CLCPA requires the total State-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to be 40 per cent lower than the 1990 levels in 2030 and 85 per cent lower in 2050.


Funding for port investments will include USD400 million in both public and private funding. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will accept the OSW bids greater than 400 MW and up to 2,500 MW.


In addition to the OSW solicitation, the Governor also announced the issuance by NYSERDA and New York Power Authority (NYPA), of the largest-ever coordinated solicitations for land-based, large-scale RE projects by a US State, under the State's ambitious Clean Energy Standard. The combined solicitations from NYSERDA and NYPA seek to procure over 1,500 MW of RE.


The selected land-based projects will be fast-tracked to construction under legislation passed in the budget to accelerate RE siting, thereby ensuring that the projects are developed responsibly and quickly for the State to meet its CLCPA mandate.


In aggregate, the OSW and land-based RE solicitations seek to procure approximately 12 million MWh of power. Further accounting for the value of avoided carbon emissions, these solicitations are expected to deliver a combined USD3 billion in net benefits over the twenty to twenty-five-year life of the projects.