Offshore heavyweights enter ring for New York's wind tender

Equinor, Iberdrola, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Ørsted have all submitted bids for New York's ongoing 2.5GW offshore wind tender

New York is aiming for 9GW of offshore wind in its waters by 2035

Equinor, Iberdrola, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Ørsted are among names entering New York’s latest offshore wind tender.

The state is currently holding an auction for 2.5GW of offshore wind capacity off its coast, and is expected to announce successful bidders by the end of 2020.

Norwegian energy giant Equinor has submitted bids for two projects – its Empire Wind II and 1230MW Beacon Wind 1 wind farms. It had secured capacity for its 816MW Empire Wind 1 project in New York’s first solicitation for offshore wind in 2019.

Earlier this summer the company formed a strategic partnership with oil and gas major BP to work on its offshore wind projects in the US.

Meanwhile, Iberdrola CEO Ignacio Galan told investors today that the company had also entered the New York tender – through its Vineyard Wind joint venture (JV) with CIP – as the utility announced its Q3 results. The JV aims to secure capacity for its up-to 1300MW Liberty Wind project.

Ørsted and New England utility Eversource have submitted multiple bids for its planned Sunrise 2 wind farm off New York, having secured capacity for their 924MW Sunrise Wind project in the 2019 tender. It is not clear what capacity Sunrise 2 will be.

New York aims to source 70% of its electricity from renewables by 2030 and aims to have a 9GW offshore wind fleet by 2035.

To date, it has contracted about 1.7GW of offshore wind capacity.