The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to catalyze local offshore wind innovation.
The RFI invites public and private sector entities to submit project proposals that have the potential to generate new technologies, businesses, and R&D and commercialization approaches for the offshore wind industry in particular and the clean energy sector in general.
After receiving and reviewing responses to the RFI, NYCEDC indicates that it may issue one or more subsequent Requests for Proposals for innovation-related infrastructure, which may lead to one or more awards with resources. from New York City’s $191 million financial commitment to 15-year offshore wind. Plan of Vision.
Respondents to the RFI can be a private company, an academic institution, a philanthropic organization, a non-profit entity or a partnership of any of them. Examples of desired innovation include, but are not limited to:
- Design (eg improving the design of turbines, substations, etc.);
- Materials and construction (e.g. improved use of raw materials and component manufacturing); and
- Systems and planning (e.g. improving network integration/resilience and supply chain logistics)
“The RFI is a good step toward advancing New York City’s Offshore Wind Vision plan and generating innovative ideas that help create new supply chains and clean energy infrastructure to sustain the offshore wind industry,” said Maria Torres-Springer, Deputy Mayor for Labor and Economic Development. . “I look forward to seeing all of the great proposals that arise from this RFI and thank the NYCEDC for engaging a diverse set of stakeholders to build a more equitable, healthier, and greener city for all.”
“We are setting the stage for our vision of New York City as a world-renowned offshore wind hub,” said NYCEDC President and CEO Andrew Kimball. “RFI will help identify innovation in this industry and leverage a unique opportunity to create well-paying, future-oriented green jobs, maximize local economic benefits and generate clean energy – bringing us closer to a fair economic recovery.”
NYCEDC does not intend to issue any awards or agreements based on this RFI, which should be considered a pre-competitive solicitation step.
Responses to the RFI are expected no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on September 9, 2022.