By Michael Kuser
Vineyard Wind on Thursday announced it has partnered with Anbaric Development Partners in proposing up to 1,200 MW of offshore wind in response to a solicitation by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in consultation with the New York Power Authority and the Long Island Power Authority.
The joint venture, Liberty Wind, submitted three different proposals sized at 400, 800 and 1,200 MW — each of which couples energy generation with transmission components.
New York’s Public Service Commission last July authorized state agencies to procure 800 MW of offshore wind energy by the end of this year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo set a target of 2,400 MW by 2030. Last month, he dramatically upped that goal to 9 GW by 2035. (See New York Boosts Zero-carbon, Renewable Goals.)
Vineyard, a 50/50 partnership between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables, last May won a contract from Massachusetts for a 1,200-MW offshore wind project off Martha’s Vineyard. Anbaric helped build the 660-MW Neptune HVDC cable linking PJM to Long Island, and also contributed to the 660-MW Hudson project connecting midtown Manhattan to the RTO.
Anbaric also has several interconnection requests and slots with NYISO, including for a 500-MW HVDC line and 800-MW AC line connecting into Ruland Road on Long Island, as well as a 1,200-MW HVDC line and additional 800-MW AC connection into the Farragut substation in Brooklyn. (See Anbaric Pushes Offshore Grid Plans.)
The Liberty Wind proposal includes fabricating foundation components at a port facility near Albany and transporting them down the Hudson River to the project site in the Atlantic Ocean.
“Our team’s extensive offshore wind experience from around the world and nearby in New England, where we are building the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind project, allows us to deliver the best project for New York,” Vineyard CEO Lars Thaaning Pedersen said in a joint statement with Anbaric CEO Ed Krapels.
“This is the first leg of a well-designed New York ocean grid for offshore wind that will help achieve Gov. Cuomo’s goal of building a planned offshore grid,” Krapels said.
NYSERDA issued the request for proposals for the projects in November (ORECRFP18-1).