Latest Issue
 
Windtech International January February 2024 issue

 

FOLLOW US AT

follow

 

follow


The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) has denied petitions filed by a group of offshore wind developers and a state renewable energy trade association seeking billions of dollars in additional funding from consumers for four proposed offshore wind projects and 86 land-based renewable projects.
 
The petitions denied were submitted by Empire Offshore Wind LLC and Beacon Wind LLC, Sunrise Wind LLC, and the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Inc. (ACENY). The petitions were seeking adjustment to Renewable Energy Credit (REC) and Offshore Wind REC (OREC) purchase and sales agreements entered with NYSERDA to address recent inflationary pressures that are impacting project economics.
 
Upon careful consideration, the Commission found that the contract amendments sought by the Empire/Beacon, Sunrise, and ACENY petitions were not in the best interest of the State’s ratepayers. On a monthly bill basis, granting the request to amend the executed contracts outside the competitive procurement process would have resulted in as high as 6.7 percent increases for residential customers and as high as 10.5 percent for commercial or industrial customers on monthly bills depending on service territory and the level of relief provided — above what was already committed.
 
All three petitions requested an order from the Commission that would have directed NYSERDA to incorporate an adjustment mechanism into existing REC and OREC purchase and sales agreements to account for inflation and other economic impacts cited by the developers.
 
The petitions generally stated that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have exposed the projects to unprecedented global and regional supply chain bottlenecks, high inflation, and increases in the cost of capital, driven by rising interest rates. Further, the petitions identified impacts associated with the war in Ukraine, including increased demand for renewable energy and resulting shortages and price increases for key components and equipment.
 
Petitions making similar requests as the offshore wind developers submitted by Clean Path New York LLC for the Clean Path New York project and by H.Q. Energy Services (U.S.) Inc. for the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project remain under review by the Commission.
 
Use of cookies

Windtech International wants to make your visit to our website as pleasant as possible. That is why we place cookies on your computer that remember your preferences. With anonymous information about your site use you also help us to improve the website. Of course we will ask for your permission first. Click Accept to use all functions of the Windtech International website.