New York State's Ambitious Offshore Wind Initiatives Mark a Significant Step Toward Renewable Energy Goals
Posted 25/10/2023 14:23
New York State has recently taken a pivotal step in advancing its commitment to renewable energy by awarding contracts for three offshore wind farm projects. This development comes as the industry grapples with mounting challenges due to escalating costs. Alongside these offshore projects, the state has also greenlit 22 onshore renewable energy projects, signifying a significant stride toward achieving cleaner and more sustainable energy generation.
The combined effect of these initiatives is anticipated to usher in the installation of up to 6.4 gigawatts of clean energy, a move that is expected to power approximately 2.6 million homes. New York's ambitious climate goals underscore the state's dedication to sustainable practices, with a target of sourcing 70% of its power from renewable sources by 2030.
However, the state has encountered obstacles as the costs of offshore wind turbine installation have surged by 48%, potentially jeopardizing existing contracts. Despite these challenges, New York remains committed to its objective of having 9 gigawatts of offshore wind power in service by 2035.
The three selected offshore projects, located south of Long Island, include Attentive Energy One, developed by TotalEnergies SE, Rise Light & Power, and Corio Generation, with a capacity of 1.4 gigawatts; Community Offshore Wind, developed by units of National Grid Plc and RWE AG, with 1.3 gigawatts of capacity; and Excelsior Wind, developed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, with 1.3 gigawatts of capacity. All these projects are expected to be operational by 2030, with an average weighted strike price of $145.07 per megawatt hour.
While this figure represents a 28% increase compared to the average strike price for the state's prior offshore wind solicitations, it signifies a 13% decrease from the increased figure requested by developers in the second round, which regulators previously declined. Notably, these offshore wind farms, once operational, will contribute approximately 4 gigawatts of combined capacity, making significant progress toward President Joe Biden's goal of having 30 gigawatts of US offshore wind in service by 2030.
In a bid to bolster the burgeoning offshore wind industry, New York State plans to allocate $300 million for the establishment of two factories dedicated to the production of blades and nacelles for offshore wind turbines. This investment is expected to be matched by an additional $668 million of private investment, emphasizing the state's commitment to fostering a robust and sustainable clean energy sector.