Wind wins big in New York RFP

UNITED STATES: New York governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded $1.4 billion in credits for 26 renewable projects, including three wind farms with a combined capacity of more than 700MW.

EDP Renovaveis' Maple Ridge wind farm in northern New York

EverPower Wind’s 272MW Baron Winds site, Invenergy’s 339.78MW Alle-Catt wind farm and Calpine’s 121.8MW Bluestone project, which also features 6.2MW of energy storage, were all given support.

One hydroelectric project and 22 solar PV facilities also received 20-year credit purchase contracts in the first request for proposals (RFP) issued under the governor’s Clean Energy Standard mandate.

Overall, just over 1,383MW of renewable energy projects were awarded contracts in the solicitation. Wind accounted for more than half of this allocation.

All successful projects should be online by 2022, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) stated. 

The authority had received proposals for 88 projects from 30 developers in the RFP. Projects were awarded contracts based on their cost-effectiveness and ability to create "good local jobs" and to use "locally-manufactured components and content", NYSERDA added.

Governor Cuomo aims to source 50% of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.