New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the first step for expedited offshore wind and land-based renewable energy solicitations as part of New York’s 10-Point Action Plan to expand its large-scale renewable industry.
To further bolster the growing offshore wind industry, the governor also announced $2.3 million in awards from the state’s Offshore Wind Training Institute (OWTI) to support new skills training programs and prepare hundreds of workers for skilled jobs.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is issuing two requests for information (RFI): one for offshore wind and one for land-based renewables. The purpose of these RFIs is to invite industry stakeholders to review and comment on the potential structure and relative merits of expedited solicitations for Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificates (ORECs) and Renewable Energy Standard Tier 1 Certificates (RECs).
The deadline to provide feedback to the RFIs is Thursday, Nov. 2 for the Offshore Wind RFI and Friday, Nov. 3 for the Tier 1 Land-Based Renewables RFI.
The information gathered from the RFIs will inform next steps to launch accelerated land-based and offshore wind procurements. NYSERDA’s regular cadence of solicitations for both programs is expected to follow in 2024.
“As New York continues to invest in renewable energy, we have a need for skilled workers who can help make our ambitious climate goals a reality,” says NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen M. Harris. “We also need a strong multi-year pipeline of renewable energy projects. Together, these significant commitments to building New York’s green economy underscores the state’s unequaled drive to achieving its climate goals.”