Request for Proposals

Capital Region Offshore Wind Industry and Supply Chain Analysis

 

 

Purpose

The intent of the analysis is to identify existing strengths and capabilities related to the offshore wind industry and support efforts to attract and grow the sector’s supply chain in New York’s Capital Region.  The results will provide insights into unique industry qualifications and an in-depth assessment of manufacturers currently located in the Capital Region who could potentially adapt their operations and/or products and services to become suppliers to the offshore wind industry as well as gaps in the
supply chain that could be filled by existing or new manufacturers.
The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) is working in partnership with the Capital Region District Planning Commission (CDRPC) to undertake this project.

2.0 Background Info
About CEG
Established more than 30 years ago, CEG’s mission is to drive economic growth. CEG accomplishes its mission by proactively marketing the region and developing and implementing strategies that attract investment and talent. CEG works to grow manufacturing, technology, and workforce capabilities, leverage industry clusters, and further develop the region’s the entrepreneurial ecosystem. It prepares the region to compete and proactively brings partners together to collaborate across public organizations, the private sector, and academia to facilitate. As a regional organization, CEG plays a critical role in convening stakeholders to move high-impact projects forward and is uniquely positioned to take an 8-county macro view. Through CEG’s Business Growth Solutions (BGS) team, CEG services small to medium sized companies (SMEs) across several industries. Serving as a Technology Development Center and the Regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center, part of the New York State MEP, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), CEG has
helped drive nearly $900 million in impact for SME’s over the past 18 years. Because of this critical role, BGS will be on the front lines of implementing the output from this analysis.

About CDRPC
CDRPC was established as a regional planning board in 1967 by a cooperative agreement among the counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady. Its original purpose was to perform and support comprehensive planning work, including surveys, planning services, technical services, and the formulation of plans and policies to promote sound and coordinated development of the entire Region.  Over time, the mission of the Planning Commission evolved in response to changes in the Region’s needs, funding sources, organizational structures, and information technology. While continuing to provide a wide variety of comprehensive planning services, CDRPC has also assumed the functions of Data and Information Center, Economic Development District, Foreign-Trade Zone Administrator, Sustainable Communities Hub (Clean Energy Communities, Climate Smart Communities, Clean Heating and Cooling), and Water Quality Manager.

CEG and CDRPC are seeking proposals from qualified and experienced firms to create an offshore wind industry and supply chain analysis for the Capital Region. The selected consultant will have experience conducting similar studies and developing recommendations with measurable goals, objectives, and actions.

OSW Industry Overview, including the State of New York and the Capital Region

New York State is leading the nation with its goal to develop 9,000MW of offshore wind by 2035, which is critical to meeting its aggressive goal of 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030.  Anchored by Albany, New York’s Capital Region is emerging as the manufacturing hub for component
parts to serve the offshore wind industry in New York State and beyond. The Port of Albany is developing the nation’s first offshore wind tower manufacturing facility in partnership with Equinor and Marmen/Welcon. The region is also realizing investments by Equinor in gravity-based foundations at the Port of Coeymans and by Ørsted/Eversource in the fabrication of secondary steel pieces.  Home to New York’s northern-most, year-round seaport with critical rail connections and located at the nexus of Interstates 87 and 90, the region provides strategic access to multi-state supply chains. New York’s Capital Region has the manufacturing capability, port infrastructure, R&D assets, adaptable workforce, and sites to support the offshore wind industry.

Geographic Study Area
The Capital Region is an eight-county region that includes Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington counties. The region spans 5,336 square miles.
Additional information on the region is available here.

For more details please take a look at the PDF below.