The US state of New York is seeking experts and consultants to help it develop its Offshore Wind Master Plan and implement offshore wind energy activities.
Offshore wind energy will be a crucial element of New York’s clean energy goals, which include a target of sourcing 50 per cent of electricity from renewables by 2030.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYERSDA) intends to hold a competitive bidding process to select technical experts for three-year contracts worth a total of up to $1.5 million with an option to extend an additional two years.
“NYSERDA is looking to engage the very best thinking and expertise from the most experienced and knowledgeable experts, as we advance our strategy to responsibly develop this vital energy resource,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA.
The agency said that expertise is required to provide support in project development and permitting, site selection and desktop development studies, grid interconnection and stakeholder engagement.
NYSERDA has been tasked with coordinating New York’s Offshore Wind Master Plan, which will include recommendations on the best ways to maximize the development and usage of offshore wind for the State.
The Master Plan, to be released in 2017 will identify offshore wind sites and will set targets for capacity and commercial operations dates at each site.