New York has awarded provisional offtake agreements to three offshore wind projects as part of its third solicitation round, representing 4032MW of capacity.
The three successful bids came from Attentive Energy One, Community Offshore Wind and Excelsior Wind.
The 1404MW Attentive Energy One is being developed by TotalEnergies, Rise Light & Power and Corio Generation. The project will repower Rise’s existing fossil fuel Ravenswood Generating Station in New York City, utilising its existing transmission infrastructure.
RWE and National Grid’s 3200MW Community Offshore Wind project received an offer for its 1314MW bid, which will form the first phase of the development. The project includes utilisation of new grid interconnection being developed by Con Edison in downtown Brooklyn.
And Vineyard Offshore, a subsidiary of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, won an award for its 1314MW Excelsior Wind bid. The project includes proposed cable route options providing robust energy deliverability to Long Island.
The bids come with commitments to develop two offshore wind blade and nacelle manufacturing facilities.
The round had received bids from six projects, with Equinor and bp’s Beacon Wind 2, Orsted and Eversource’s Sunrise Wind 2 and Invenergy’s Leading Light not receiving an offer.
In addition, 22 land-based renewable energy projects received offers, bringing the total capacity awarded in the round to 6400MW.
“New York continues to set the pace for our nation’s transition to clean energy,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul said.
“An investment of this magnitude is about more than just fighting climate change – we’re creating good-paying union jobs, improving the reliability of our electric grid, and generating significant benefits in disadvantaged communities. Today, we are taking action to keep New York’s climate goals within reach, demonstrating to the nation how to recalibrate in the wake of global economic challenges while driving us toward a greener and more prosperous future for generations to come.”
Attentive Energy Managing Director Damian Bednarz said: “Under Governor Hochul’s leadership, New York State is making unprecedented investments into the offshore wind industry. The sponsors of the Attentive Energy One project are thrilled and grateful for this historic opportunity to deliver a community-driven project that will spur billions of dollars in economic activity and hundreds of millions of community investments across the state. Let’s get to work to deliver a project that all New Yorkers can be proud of.”
President and Project Director of Community Offshore Wind Doug Perkins said: “Community Offshore Wind is honoured NYSERDA has selected us as a key partner in making New York’s offshore wind plan a reality and we congratulate Governor Hochul on today’s momentum in advancing the State’s ambitious climate and clean energy goals.
“Our strong local roots allowed us to design programs that will ensure equitable access to the opportunity of the clean energy transition, and we look forward to immediately delivering for disadvantaged communities in New York, from creating new, good-paying jobs, to a localized supply chain and economic benefits that will last for generations to come.”
Vineyard Offshore CEO Lars Pedersen said: “We are honoured that the Hochul Administration has selected our Excelsior Wind project and thank the Governor for her continued commitment to our industry. Excelsior Wind will provide clean and affordable energy, powering both economic growth and improvements in environmental and public health.
“We are grateful that NYSERDA has placed its trust in our proven ability to deliver projects and look forward to continuing to work alongside with state and local government agencies, Tribal Nations, local communities, fishermen, and other stakeholders in the Empire State.”