Governor Cuomo Announces Largest Combined Solicitations for Renewable Energy Ever Issued in the U.S. to Combat Climate Change

July 21, 2020

Nation-Leading Offshore Wind Solicitation Seeks Up To 2,500 Megawatts of Renewable Energy and a Complementary Multi-Port Infrastructure Investment, Totaling More Than $400 Million in Public and Private Dollars for Port Infrastructure in New York Since Last Year; and Sends a "Buy-Clean" Demand Signal for Advanced Materials

Governor Also Announces Coordinated Solicitations for Land-Based Renewable Energy Projects Seeking Over 1,500 Megawatts of Clean Energy, Enough to Power Half a Million New York Homes for 20 Years 

Also Launches a Process to Work with Local Communities to Identify "Build-Ready" Sites for Large-Scale Renewable Energy Development - an Important Next Step in Implementing the Clean Energy Resources Development and Incentive Program Under Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefits Act

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, 4,000 Megawatts of Clean Energy Development Projects Expected to Spur Approximately $7 Billion Dollars in Direct Investments and Create Approximately 4,500 Good-paying Short and Long-term Jobs, Helping to Jumpstart and Drive Economic Growth as Part of Reopening and Reimagining New York State's Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the largest combined clean energy solicitations ever issued in the U.S., seeking up to 4,000 megawatts of renewable capacity to combat climate change. New York's second offshore wind solicitation seeks up to 2,500 megawatts of projects, the largest in the nation's history, in addition to last year's solicitation which resulted in nearly 1,700 megawatts awarded. The solicitation includes a multi-port strategy and requirement for offshore wind generators to partner with any of the 11 prequalified New York ports to stage, construct, manufacture key components, or coordinate operations and maintenance activities. This solicitation has the potential to bring New York State halfway toward its goal of 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035 and meet Governor Cuomo's nation-leading climate and environment goals under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Funding for port investments will include $400 million in both public and private funding.

"During one of the most challenging years New York has ever faced, we remain laser-focused on implementing our nation-leading climate plan and growing our clean energy economy, not only to bring significant economic benefits and jobs to the state, but to quickly attack climate change at its source by reducing our emissions." Governor Cuomo said. "With these record-breaking solicitations for renewable energy and new port infrastructure, New York continues to lead the way with the most ambitious Green New Deal in the nation, creating a future fueled by clean, renewable energy sources."

Read the full press release here.