On Wednesday 28th July 2022, New York governor Kathy Hochul outlined plans to hold the state’s third offshore wind tender, through which it hopes to secure at least 2GW, in line with its goal to have 9 GW of offshore wind turbines by 2035.

New York has a plan to source 70% of its total power from renewables by 2030 and have a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040. At present, plans for five offshore wind farms are in “active development” to add more than 4.3 GW of capacity.

New York State Research and Development Authority aims to award evaluation points for repurposing existing fossil fuel-based electricity generation infrastructure. Using energy storage to enhance system reliability and support more renewable energy on the grid.

The solicitation follows an earlier ‘Request for Information’ and will incorporate the first phase of New York’s USD-500-million investment programme for ports, manufacturing, and supply chain infrastructure. With the new tender approved, the state will also introduce a “meshed ready” offshore transmission configuration that will facilitate the transitioning of offshore wind projects to a future renewable energy system.

The bid deadline for the tender is 22 December 2022 and the awarded projects will add capacity that will generate electricity for at least 1.5 million homes in New York.