Energy firms submit bids to provide offshore windpower to New York

15 February 2019 (Last Updated July 3rd, 2020 00:09)

EDF, Orsted, Equinor and two other firms have submitted bids to New York State for a project to supply offshore windpower. 

EDF, Orsted, Equinor and two other firms have submitted bids to New York State for an offshore wind energy project.

New York State has now closed the bidding process for the 800MW offshore wind energy project. It is part of its plan to develop up to 2,400MW of offshore windpower by 2030.

New York is expected to select a supplier in the March-June period.

Reuters reported that Equinor has proposed building a windfarm on an 80,000-acre area south of Long Island, with the potential to generate up to 2,000MW of clean energy.

Equinor secured the land in the US federal auction that took place in 2016. This area is located between 14 and 35 miles south of Long Island in the New York Bight.

Equinor Wind US president Christer Af Geijerstam said: “Submitting this offer to provide New York with a steady supply of offshore wind is both a major step forward in the development process of the Empire Wind project and an important milestone for New York’s transition to renewable energy.

“Our project can make a major contribution toward fulfilling New York’s robust renewable energy goals, and the emissions reductions and economic impacts of our bid provide a clear benefit to New Yorkers.

“Our project can make a major contribution toward fulfilling New York’s robust renewable energy goals.”

“We look forward to working with the state as we turn that potential into a tangible asset that the people of New York can rely on for energy well into the future.”

Orsted has made a joint proposal with Eversource Energy for developing an offshore windfarm, called Sunrise Wind, east of Montauk Point.

In an email to Reuters, EDF Renewables, which is part of EDF group, stated that it has also submitted a joint bid along with the Anglo-Dutch oil and gas firm Shell.

EDP Renováveis from Portuguese energy firm EDP also notified the state they may be interested in bidding by a deadline of 20 December.

In 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed the development of up to 2,400MW in offshore windpower by 2030, or enough green energy to power 1.25 million homes in the region.

Last October, the state of New York announced its plan to invest $40m in the NY-Sun programme, a scheme to develop a series of solar and energy storage projects in the state.