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New RfP seeks renewables for New York City

New York State released on Wednesday a request for proposals (RfP) for renewable energy certificates (RECs) associated with generation delivered into New York City (NYISO Zone J).

The solicitation is happening under Tier 4 of the Clean Energy Standard (CES). The focus there is on renewables use in Zone J in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuel-fired generation.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) aims to contract up to 1,500 MW, but it may go beyond this quantity if the proposals received are “sufficiently compelling”. Sources allowed under Tier 4 include solar, both thermal and photovoltaic (PV), onshore wind, hydro, geothermal energy, marine energy and fuel cells which do not use a fossil fuel resource. Offshore wind and behind-the-meter systems are not eligible for participation.

Any non-hydro renewables capacity in the proposals must have a commercial operation date after October 15, 2020, while hydropower capacities participating in the RfP must be existing or under construction as of June 18, 2020. The full RfP is available here:

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2021 State of the State address and stressed on a goal for New York to become a leader and grow the green energy economy. The state’s green energy programme aims to build 12.4 GW of renewables to power 6 million homes. Offshore wind will play a major role in this and a modern transmission system of 250 miles — New York’s Green Energy Transmission Superhighway — will be built to deliver electricity to high-demand areas Downstate, Cuomo said.

New York State aims to reach 70% renewable energy by 2030.

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