About the Alliance
The New York Offshore Wind Alliance (NYOWA) is a diverse coalition of organizations with a shared interest in promoting the responsible development of offshore wind power for New York. NYOWA is a project of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY).
The mission of the Alliance is to promote policies that will lead to the development of offshore wind in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New York State. NYOWA’s specific goal is to secure policies and programs that will achieve Governor Cuomo's goal for New York of 9,000 MW of offshore wind power by 2035. The Alliance will undertake both public education and advocacy to build support for New York's long-term large-scale offshore wind program.
The anticipation is killing me. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is busy reviewing the four bids it received on February 14th for its first ever offshore wind solicitation. Some big players in the offshore world submitted bids.
One of the Atlantic Ocean’s most majestic and most endangered species will be provided new protections under an unprecedented agreement between three environmental groups and Vineyard Wind. The offshore wind developer, which has proposed a large-scale offshore wind project 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, agreed to protect the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale during the construction and operation of the project, which will be the first commercial-scale offshore wind facility in the U.S. (More information on the project area can be viewed here.)
To borrow my colleague Anne Reynold’s sentiments regarding the state of clean energy, in NY these days following Governor Cuomo’s State of the State and Budget Address, I’m not only feeling pretty good, I’m speechless. Thankfully that won’t stop me from writing about it.
What a difference a few years and visionary leadership can make. This morning, developers finished 32 rounds of bidding on areas of federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts designated for offshore wind power development. The three areas drew a collective total of just over $405 million. Moving from west to east, the winning bidders are Equinor Wind, Mayflower Wind Energy, and Vineyard Wind, with bids of $135 million, $135 million, and $135.1 million, respectively.
After years of study and planning, New York State has made good on Governor Cuomo’s promise to pursue at least 800 MW of offshore wind in 2018 and 2019. Last week, the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) released a request for proposals for 800 MW or more of offshore wind. The RFP is the culmination of a deliberative process that started with a Blueprint for Offshore Wind published in the fall of 2016, followed by the release in January 2018 of a NYS Offshore Wind Master Plan, followed by a Public Service Commission Order issued in August.
On September 20th, NYSERDA released a Draft Request for Proposals soliciting bids for up to 800 MW of offshore wind and requested interested parties to submit comments by October 5th. NYOWA submitted comments concerning two specific aspects of the RFP: the structure and timing of project labor agreements (PLAs) and the consultation process between bidders and state agencies. NYSERDA is reviewing the comments it received and anticipates putting a final RFP for a Phase 1 offshore wind procurement out before year’s end.
I’d like to call your attention to a new piece that bodes extremely well for the likelihood that offshore wind meets its tremendous potential in the Northeast.
New York State filed extensive comments with the federal Bureau of Offshore Energy Management (BOEM) late last month and Gov. Cuomo personally called on US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to “play a significant role in the success story.” (read cleantechnica.com story here).
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES PLAN DIRECTING THE PROCUREMENT OF APPROXIMATELY 800 MEGAWATTS OF OFFSHORE WIND TO JUMPSTART INDUSTRY
First Phase of Offshore Wind Procurement Will Support State's Overall Goal of 2,400 Megawatts of Offshore Wind by 2030
Will Support 5,000 New Manufacturing, Installation and Operation Jobs in Burgeoning Industry
Supports State's Nation-Leading Clean Energy Standard for 50% of Electricity to Come from Renewable Energy Sources by 2030 to Combat Climate Change
Seeing this tweet from Gov. Cuomo last week made me channel my inner Marv Albert and shout YESSSS!!!
The Governor was reacting to stories here and here that carried the headlines “Offshore wind farm could bring fabrication hub, hundreds of jobs to Brooklyn” and “Nation’s largest offshore wind farm proposes Sunset Park factory.”