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New York Cancels Three Offshore Wind Projects

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has cancelled three offshore wind projects with a combined capacity of over 4 GW due to ”technical and commercial complexities between provisional awardees and their partners,”.

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In October 2023, NYSERDA provisionally awarded three offshore wind projects, subject to successful conclusion of contract negotiations.

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These provisionally awarded projects included the 1,404 MW Attentive Energy One, developed by TotalEnergies, Rise Light & Power, and Corio Generation, the 1,314 MW Community Offshore Wind, developed by RWE Offshore Renewables and National Grid Ventures, and the 1,314 MW Excelsior Wind, developed by Vineyard Offshore.

NYSERDA also provisionally awarded USD 300 million of New York State grant funding to GE Vernova and LM Wind Power for nacelle and blade manufacturing in New York’s Capital Region, which was associated with the provisionally awarded projects.

Subsequent to the provisional award announcement, material modifications to projects bid into New York’s third offshore wind solicitation caused technical and commercial complexities between provisional awardees and their partners, resulting in the provisionally awarded parties’ inability to come to terms, NYSERDA said.

The agency has pointed out that GE Vernova’s offshore wind turbine product pivoting away from the initially proposed 18 MW Haliade-X turbine platform to a 15.5/16.5 MW platform caused material changes to projects proposed into ORECRFP22-1.

Given these developments, no final awards will be made, ORECRFP22-1 has been concluded, and NYSERDA will look to advance a future competitive solicitation.

With regards to the up to USD 300 million in grant funding that was provisionally awarded to GE Vernova and LM Wind Power, these funds will be made available through a future competitive solicitation to continue the development of the offshore wind supply chain in New York, NYSERDA said.

The agency plans to announce the next steps in the near future.

GE Vernova said that the company plans to continue working with the state of New York and the offshore wind developers to scale offshore wind, adding that its technology ”will better position the industry to create jobs, and strengthen the supply chain for the next chapter of offshore wind in New York and beyond,”.