February 14 (Renewables Now) - Vineyard Wind LLC has responded to New York state’s solicitation of offshore wind project proposals with a scheme called Liberty Wind and three options of 400 MW, 800 MW and 1,200 MW.
The biggest version would be the most cost-effective option for New York ratepayers, Vineyard Wind said. It calculates that a park of 1,200 MW will be able to produce enough clean power to meet the needs of more than 750,000 New York homes.
The developer will finance and own the power generation facility, while it will partner with Anbaric Development Partners for the transmission components of the Liberty Wind project.
Vineyard Wind, a 50/50 partnership between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables LLC, is proposing to install the offshore wind turbines 85 miles away from the nearest shore, where they will not be visible from any New York shoreline. The project will use an existing substation on Long Island.
Today was the deadline for bids in the New York offshore wind tender. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which launched the solicitation in November 2018, will award 25-year power purchase agreements (PPA) to projects of between 200 MW and 800 MW, but the awards may surpass this level if “sufficiently attractive proposals are received.” The successful bidders will be announced in the spring.