The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has submitted documents and bid deposit for the federal auction of an offshore wind site off New York, scheduled to open on 15 December.
The organisation has filed qualifications and bidder's financial forms to the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to take part in the auction for a 79,350-acre Wind Energy Area located 12 miles off the Long Island coast.
BOEM is offering a 10% non-monetary credit to qualified bidders who meet the definition of a "Government Authority." NYSERDA has submitted the required documentation and requested this 10 percent credit.
"Offshore wind is crucial to meeting New York's ambitious energy goals under Governor Cuomo," said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. "If NYSERDA is successful in the bidding, we will engage all involved stakeholders and ensure that offshore wind in New York is developed responsibly and in a way that balances the needs of all constituents, including coastal communities and the fishing and maritime industries. We will also ensure that the site will be developed competitively for the greatest benefit for all New Yorkers."
NYSERDA said its planned approach to developing offshore wind is modeled after similar approaches used in Europe, which have dramatically reduced offshore wind project costs there.