Good afternoon, everyone. This is Doreen Harris. I’m the Vice President of Large-Scale Renewables at NYSERDA, and I’m joined here today by several colleagues across NYSERDA and actually two additional companies here today for our periodic webinar to update you regarding developments with regard to offshore wind here in New York State. So we’re here today to discuss some very exciting developments, as many of you may know. But before I get started I will note that this webinar is being recorded and will be posted on our website shortly after it concludes. There is also a second running of this webinar this evening at seven o’clock should you be interested in attending again. In addition, I do want to let you know that we are aiming to reserve time at the end of the webinar to answer some questions, so to the extent that you have questions, please use the chat function in the webinar to ask questions, and again, as time permits, we will be glad to answer them. And in general, we hope to hear from you at any time via our email at [email protected] So again, thank you for joining us today. Next slide please. So today our primary objective is to review what was a very momentous occasion in New York that occurred last Thursday with regard to the signing by Governor Cuomo of the climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and simultaneously, the announcement of the results of our inaugural statewide solicitation for offshore wind with the award of two contracts totaling sixteen hundred and ninety-six megawatts to Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind. Empire Wind is being developed by Equinor and Sunrise Wind by a joint venture of Orsted and Eversource. So today, we will be reviewing that milestone and the announcement associated with it. And we are pleased today to be joined by representatives of both companies to provide a high-level overview of their projects and to get into a little more detail than that which you might have been aware of from last week’s announcements. As always, there are next steps that we will be taking that we wanted to share with you both with regard to these awards as well as our general development of the resource. And also to provide you with an update – albeit briefly – as to other activities that we’re advancing and for which we have some developments to share. Next slide, please. So on the screen you see an image, again, of a very exciting event at Fordham Law School last Thursday, which was a packed house attended by many who have been working for many years to advance renewables, clean energy, and environmental protection in New York State. It was a very inspiring day through which we were pleased to be joined also in addition to Governor Cuomo by members of the legislature in large part as well as former Vice President Al Gore. So the event consisted of many components one of which was the signing of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act by Governor Cuomo, which codifies his nation-leading goals called for under his Green New Deal, significantly mandating that at least 70% of New York’s electricity come from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2030, and that the state’s power system is 100% carbon free by 2040. So again, a very exciting milestone and lots of interesting press around that announcement. In many ways, the culmination of a lot of work that we’ve all been doing together to again move forward with New York’s leadership, what is now seen as New York’s nationwide and international leadership, on climate policy. Next slide. And as part of it and contained within the CLCPA is the codification of our new offshore wind now mandate of 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035. Again, a very significant commitment and one that is commensurate with New York’s commitment to address climate change. We’ve said the metrics before but they are quite notable. In 2035, we expect offshore wind to serve approaching 30% of New York’s load. So a very significant contributor to our climate goals. In addition, we know that this will bring significant economic benefits to New York and of course to the region at large: 10,000 jobs, billions of infrastructure investments, and again a very significant source of generation in New York’s downstate region. Next slide please. when we look at the regional market, it’s very exciting to see that many states are advancing offshore wind in different magnitudes. The pie chart on the left shows the current goals of many New England and Mid-Atlantic states. Clearly, New York’s goal comprises almost half of the region’s goals, but that’s consistent with New York and the commitments that we’ve made as well as the demand that we can offer for this renewable resource. We do though see a broader regional market developing, which is a very exciting – it’s very exciting to see again a 20 gigawatt regional market means brand new infrastructure investments to our state, new opportunities for workforce and development, and other opportunities as we again move this industry here to the US. Next slide, please. And relatedly, of course, last week’s announcement was the result of a procurement that we actually issued last year late in 2018. It was the first statewide solicitation for offshore wind. Our sister agency, the Long Island Power Authority, had signed a contract for a smaller offshore wind project in 2017 and 2018. This opportunity was issued by NYSERDA, those that you have in the room today, and really was commensurate with the goals that the state has established. We looked at this RFP as being very comprehensive in its nature, consistent with the goals that we’ve established in advancing offshore wind cost effectively and responsibly. In response to our solicitation, we received an unprecedented 18 proposals from four different proposers representing a broad swath of geography and proposal characteristics as well. We evaluated these proposals against three criteria based on Public Service Commission orders including 70% based on price, 20% based on economic benefits, and 10 percent based on viability, which were utilized to rank the projects and result in the award group that my colleague Adrienne Downey is about to describe. Next slide, please, and passing the presentation over to Adrienne. I will first mention, sorry, the fact that the proposal requirements, again I had indicated they were comprehensive in their nature. It’s important to note that these proposers are committing to long-term engagement with many stakeholders including environmental and fishing interests. They did submit mitigation plans as part of their proposals. And one thing we’re excited about among many is the opportunity that creates for an ongoing level of engagement with various interests as these projects advance. We also have nation-leading requirements for the execution of project labor agreements for construction-related activities and the payments of prevailing wage. Those labor provisions are critical to the successful development of projects for New York. We’re excited about that requirement. And in addition, there are requirements to consider and utilize New York companies to the extent possible to advance their projects. So again, comprehensive solicitation by all accounts. And now I’m passing it to Adrienne Downey to discuss the results of the RFP. Thank You, Doreen. Good afternoon, all. My name is Adrienne Downey. I’m the principal engineer for offshore wind with NYSERDA’s team. We were most excited last Thursday, as Doreen indicated in the introduction, to announce two projects awarded from New York State’s inaugural solicitation. These two projects totaling together will provide sixteen hundred and ninety-six megawatts of offshore wind capacity to New York State. This comprises enough to power approximately half of all of New York City household, so it’s a tremendous step in the right direction as far as our CLCPA mandates are concerned and in our statewide goals for offshore wind energy. This award constitutes the largest commitment to offshore wind by any state in US history and certainly by far as the largest contracted award from any state thus far. And so moving on to the next slide, please. The two projects that that are involved in this award are the Empire Wind project being developed by Equinor at 816 megawatts and likewise the Sunrise Wind project, 880 megawatts, being developed by Bay State Wind, which is a joint venture of Orsted and Eversource Energy. These two projects, distinct projects certainly but highly complementary. The Empire Wind project is intending or proposed interconnection to the Gowanus substation in Sunset Park, and the Sunrise Wind project is proposing an interconnection in Long Island at the Holbrook substation. And both projects are utilizing port assets and resources throughout, you know, Long Island, New York City, and up to the Capital Region. So it’s an incredibly compelling package for New York State. Next slide, please. And that brings a combined advantage of approximately 1,600 jobs in project development, component manufacturing, installation, and operations & maintenance. And we wanted to emphasize that these jobs are anticipated to be very significant opportunities for New York State and recognizing our caliber of workforce. These jobs will include substantial careers with salaries of over $100,000 per year. So a tremendous opportunity for our workforce, certainly, and likewise these projects working together bring in tandem a combination of $3.2 billion in combined private sector investments both upstate and downstate. So an incredible economic package all around. In addition and in tandem with these announcements, New York State certainly has been very active in pursuing investments in order to support offshore wind. These projects, the two projects, and together working with the state will be confirming investments in a twenty million dollar offshore wind training institute. We’ll be hearing a little bit more, particular from the Sunrise team, a little bit later in regards to their complimentary efforts in this area. And likewise, a three million dollar Community and Workforce Benefits Fund. So again, these these investments will be working with public and private investments in partnership and will be looking forward to continuing to announce further information on these initiatives in the coming weeks and months. Likewise, joining together the private investments through these awards with state investments and those committed in Governor Cuomo’s 2019 State of the State address, there’s a combined commitment of two hundred and eighty seven million dollars in port infrastructure, which is the largest investment by any state in service of these projects and likewise of the industry more broadly. And again, we will look forward to announcing further information on these combined investments and the processes for their development in the coming weeks and months. You’ll note here on the slide, the map you know, really demonstrates the extraordinary wealth of port resources that New York State offers in support of the offshore wind industry. And we look forward to working with our partners in labor and ports and workforce accordingly. Now I’m going to turn it over to to my colleague, Matt Vestal, who’s going to walk us through a little bit of the specifics of the project timeline and then help us with our deep dive into each of the respective project presentations. Matt. Thank you, Adrienne. This is Matt Vestal, Technical Advisor for offshore wind for NYSERDA. And as you’ll see on the current slide, this is intended to show a very high-level overview of the future timelines for both Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind. And what we’ll see here is that… what we saw on the slide here is that in 2017, NYSERDA began with research and stakeholder engagement. In fact this is something, offshore wind as a technology is something we’ve been looking at for much longer than that. But much of the work that resulted in the Offshore Wind Master Plan as well as the current RFP did take place from 2017 through 2019. That was followed by the proposal review and contract awards that were obviously just issued this year. And now with our first two projects selected, these developer teams will commence their permitting and approval process, which is expected to run from approximately 2019 through 2023. We should note that the permitting and approval process is going to be done on a number of different levels. But we can primarily think of those permits as local, state, and federal permits that are required for different aspects of the projects. From 2020 through 2024, these projects will engage in the establishment of their supply chains, which will include working with local businesses as well as Tier 1 manufacturers to assemble that supply chain, to establish a workforce, and to actually manufacture all the required components of the wind farm. Those components will then be fully constructed and installed on-site from 2022 through 2024 with commissioning expected to begin in the middle of 2024. The projects have a 25-year contract with NYSERDA, which would effectively run through approximately 2049. However, we’ll note that the expected operational lifetime of these projects does actually extend beyond that 25-year contract. So again, that’s a high-level overview, but at this point I will turn the presentation over to Julia Bovey from the Empire Wind team to talk us through a high-level overview of that project. Julia. Thanks very much, Matt. I appreciate that. We had to come up with a slogan for our project, and given the number of times that the NYSERDA team has said the words “together”, I think what we came up with is pretty apt. Let’s power New York’s future together. This is obviously an effort that has taken many years and a lot of people working very very hard, and we’re just so proud to have been selected by New York and grateful for the NYSERDA team’s work thus far, and thank you in advance for a lot of hard work that we’re all going to do going forward. So next slide. Just want to give you a little bit of an introduction to Equinor. Who are we? We have five operating offshore wind farms in Europe and several more under development there. We are known for building the world’s first floating wind farm, but I want to be clear that New York waters leases that are out there now are very well suited to bottom fixed, and that’s what we’re looking at here in New York. So we have this expertise from building these projects in Europe and the company’s goal have been to bring those to New York. So the next slide shows our leases that we hold in the U.S. We acquired the Empire Wind lease, which is the pizza slice shape south of Long Island you see on that map, in the end of 2016. And then just last December, we won the auction for one of the new Massachusetts leases, which you see over to the east. But right now, we are focused on New York. So in the next slide, these are some key facts about Empire Wind, and see there another map of the of the lease area. Those pink lines around the lease area in the map are the traffic dividers, if you will, like the dotted line down the middle of the for the shipping lanes. You can see we’re very well suited in between the major shipping lanes that go in and out of New York Harbor, which is a big plus to be able to be out of the way of those ships. A few facts about the project: we’re excited to share that we plan to build gravity-based foundations rather than monopiles or jackets, which are two other types of foundations that you use to attach the wind turbines to the seafloor. We’re looking to do our operations and maintenance in New York City. We hope to interconnect the project at the Gowanus substation in Brooklyn. That’s the plan that we’re maturing, although of course one applies to the New York Independent System Operator, and ultimately, that’s the biggest driver of where you end up interconnecting the project. A lot of people ask the size of the wind turbines that we’ll be using. The answer is we’ll use the very best ones that are on the market at the time we have to make that decision. And we anticipate those could be anywhere from 10 to even 15 megawatts by the time, you know, in the next couple of years. We want to start construction in 2022 and plan to deliver the first renewable energy from this project to New York in 2024. And in the next slide, just talking a little bit about the benefits that we’re already undertaking and have been even just as we’ve been developing the lease area. One of the reasons we chose to build a project with the gravity-based foundations – that’s what you see a picture of there on the right – is because those can be manufactured here in New York State. New York is probably the best place in the world for building massive concrete structures and that means that is really a perfect place to make these foundations. We are going to spend a significant amount of our own funds doing port upgrades. Of course, we still hope that New York will invest in port upgrades as well, but we’re going to take care of those for where we’re going to be building the foundations. We are establishing a community benefits fund of four and a half million dollars. That’s something we’ve done on projects in Europe, and it’s worked really well to be able to make sure that we are really meeting the needs of the community that’s hosting our wind farm and listening to what members of the community think is most important for coexistence. We’re thrilled that we’re going to be able to interconnect our power into New York City. It’s certainly the biggest power user on the East Coast, and glad to be able to contribute to greening that power supply and of course to reduce the co2 emissions in New York as well. On the next slide, I just have a bit more about the gravity-based structure – GBS – foundations. You’ll hear that shorthand “GBS”. Our plan is to build these in a port that’s up the Hudson River toward Albany – Port of Coeymans. They’ve built a lot of big structures there, such as parts of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, the new floating park on the Hudson River, so they’re very skilled in this area. These foundations are basically poured concrete, and then they will either be floated down the Hudson or taken by barges down the Hudson. And at that point when they get to New York Harbor, we’ll install a transition piece, and that will be the place where you put the tower to attach it to the foundation. So we foresee jobs up the Hudson in Ravena, New York, and then in New York Harbor as well for the attachment of the transition piece, and then these foundations can be bloated or barged out to the lease area. The next slide. As I mentioned, operations and maintenance base – our current plan is to do that in Brooklyn. Great labor force in Brooklyn. Exciting place to be. Wonderful waterfront that is certainly ripe for revitalization, so we see that as a great place for Equinor to really start growing our workforce in New York. Next slide. Matt mentioned permitting and siting. It’s a huge job, as it should be. Getting permission to coexist with the current users of the lease area, whether that be fishermen or marine mammals. Then of course permits for bringing the cable ashore and building an onshore substation and interconnecting to the grid. These are all big undertaking that we intend to prove we can do responsibly and be a net benefit to the environment that will surround our project. One of the most exciting things that we’ve done is working with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute launching two buoys in the lease area now that will be able to detect whales in the lease area, which type of whales are there, the direction they’re going, so that by the time we’re ready to start construction, we’ll have really really solid data on how whales use the lease area. And we’ll also be able to react in real time if they’re in the area. So that’s just one example the of the hard work we’ve been doing since we got the lease to try to make sure that it’s the best possible coexistence that we can do. So that’s it for an overview of Empire Wind. The next slide is just my contact information, and I welcome any questions, ideas, suggestions. We’re going to try to keep Empirewind.com very current with all this informational and then we’re also on Twitter @EquinorWindUS. So thanks a lot for the opportunity to present the project. Thanks very much, Julia. Much appreciated. We’ll now jump forward to the next slide, and I’ll welcome Ken Bowes on the line representing Sunrise Wind, if you want to talk us through that project. Ken, do we have you on the line? Can you hear me, now? Ken, we heard you. You had a bit of an echo there. Can you try one more time? Hello, can you hear me? Yes. Well thank you very much. This is Kenneth Bowes, the Vice President of siting and permitting for Eversource Energy. And with me today is Ryan Chaytors, the Sunrise project Development Director for Orsted. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for this opportunity to present the Sunrise Wind project overview and some of the economic development commitments we are making to advance the offshore wind business in New York. We can go to the next slide, please. So first, a little bit about our partnership with with Orsted and Eversource. This is a 50:50 joint venture partnership that brings together the global leadership from Orsted in developing commercial offshore wind farms and the regional expertise in building large infrastructure projects in northeastern United States. Orsted has completed 25 wind farms globally, with six – I’m sorry five point six – gigawatts of capacity. Eversource is the largest electric, gas, and water utility in New England with more than 100 years of service to our 500 communities. We are also a leader in transmission development, executing complex underground and undersea projects in the Northeast. At this point, I’m going to turn it over to Ryan to talk a little bit about the project. Thanks, Ken. The next slide, please. So I wanted to give a quick overview of the Sunrise Wind project. It is a project that we are very excited about. The Sunrise project is our second utility-scale project for New York. We have our South Fork project that is currently under development as well, but this is by far the largest project in our portfolio up in the New England area in the Northeast area. It is an 880 megawatt project, as was mentioned earlier, with enough capacity to power half a million New York homes, the output of which we are expecting to deliver directly to Long Island to the Holbrook substation in Brookhaven. That will be, again, via a new submarine export cable. We are anticipating the first delivery of power, similar to what Julia mentioned for Equinor, in 2024. We think that the timeline really does fit well with supporting New York’s nation-leading clean energy mandate. As part of this project, you know, we are very committed to providing substantial benefits directly to New Yorkers first and foremost being you know 800 direct jobs we created through not only the development period but development, construction, and operations, having a substantial local commitment for the project, paying prevailing wages. And we do have a long history, both within Eversource and Orsted, of delivering projects under project labor agreements successfully and working in harmony with our labor colleagues. And we plan to do that again, and are excited to foster additional relationships with the New York labor unions to advance the efforts of the project. Next slide, please. So in order to meet the needs of the growing offshore wind industry here, we really have committed to a couple of different things, and I’m going to let Ken talk specifically about some of the the workforce and infrastructure development initiatives that we’ve committed to for Sunrise. Thanks, Ryan. I’ve been directly involved with the first strategic initiative here to develop a national workforce training center that will be hosted by Suffolk County Community College on Long Island. And this initiative will bring together industry, academia, and our partners in organized labor to train the workforce for tomorrow for the offshore wind industry here in New York. We obviously think this will be a central hub in the Northeast region, and we will have training courses here offered for all of our projects in the Northeast. The second strategic initiative is a $1 million development fund for the upper Hudson workforce, targeted to the Capital Region for skills development for offshore wind fabrications and logistic positions. We’re very excited about both of these initiatives, and you can see by the pictures on the right, both focused around, you know, offshore workforce safety, and that’s a core value that both Eversource and Orsted bring to the New York labor market. This is the primary goal is to make sure the workforce can safely perform in very harsh environments. Next slide, please. Thanks, Ken. The other commitment that Sunrise is excited about is really investing in the port infrastructure within various several locations in New York that are really going to be essential to not only making the Sunrise Wind project successful, but we do envision these facilities be the centerpiece to many other projects throughout the region. So they are critical aspect of, I would say you know, the broader New York and even regional offshore wind objectives. The first one I wanted to talk about here is really a plan to establish our central permanent operation and maintenance hub on Long Island at Port Jefferson. This facility is going to be the key driver, one of the key drivers of the economic development we have committed to in New York, providing a permanent work place for a variety of onshore staff as well as the point of departure and arrival for various offshore workers again for decades to come. You can see in the photos – in the bottom right is a picture of one of our our crew transfer vessels, our service operations vessel that will be porting in and out of Port Jefferson with our O&M, offshore O&M, training staff. For those of you not as familiar with where Port Jefferson is, some quick information: It is located on the north shore of Long Island about 170 kilometers from our lease area. Again, it is an existing port facility, but we have committed to upgrading that facility to meet the needs of our O&M, what we need for our O&M vessels and crew. And that is going to be the source of a significant number of about 100 hundred permanent, full-time jobs over the region. Next slide, please. Back up one. These changed a little bit on me. I apologize. The other item I wanted to flag was really around another some fabricating some key components up in the Capital Region, and actually we’ve identified the Port of Coeymans as well as an opportunity that we plan to invest in to create a number of jobs both in logistics and port operations as well as in fabrication from local suppliers, including but not necessarily limited to fabrication of secondary steel components, pinpiles, scour protection material, as well as functions around the staging and loadout of various equipment. Next slide, please. And I think a part of the project that we are very proud of and it’s been a commitment that companies both Orsted and Eversource in our many years of developing the offshore wind industry here in the Northeast has been our engagement and commitment to the fishing community. This is essential. We are planning on being long-term neighbors that can coexist in a manner that will be mutually-beneficial to both parties. And we’re going to promote that smart growth in tandem with and in direct dialogue and open discussions with that fishing community and making sure that it is – that we have the necessary scientific basis and research and input across all stakeholders to make sure that this project is one that we can all be proud of. Next slide, please. And we encourage, not sure how much time we’ll have for questions, I think we’ve got a little bit of time left. We may be a little bit ahead of schedule, so, but in the event we don’t get to answer all the questions today, I encourage everybody to reach out to us via the website or via the email on the screen. Ken, do you have anything else to add to that before…? Thank you, Ryan. That concludes the Sunrise presentation. Great, thank you both. If we turn to the next slide, we can talk about next steps for a NYSERDA in the contracting process. NYSERDA is currently negotiating with both Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind to finalize the terms of the OREC contracts. Following the finalization of those contracts, NYSERDA will also be issuing, excuse me, filing a Phase One Report with the New York Public Service Commission within 30 days of that contract execution. This Phase One Report will highlight several aspects of the procurement process and will also include details around some of the contracting nuances, as well as the pricing of these two projects. Following the filing of that Phase One Report, we will also be hosting public meetings across New York State in the Capital Region, New York City, as well as on Long Island. Moving to the next slide – I think it may be helpful to show folks how these two projects fit in with another, actually the first offshore wind project, in New York State. The South Fork project, which as some of you may know is a 130-megawatt project being developed by Bay State Wind and with a direct contract with the Long Island Power Authority. So as you can see on the map here, that South Fork project is located effectively adjacent to the plans for the Sunrise Wind project and with interconnection of that South Fork project being planned on the East End of Long Island. And so in aggregate, these three projects are expected to have a total capacity of eighteen hundred and twenty six megawatts, which is approximately 20% of the state’s nine gigawatt mandate, as identified in last week’s newly executed CLCPA legislation. And so again, tremendously exciting for these three projects to be moving forward in parallel to form the first offshore wind projects in New York State. So with this, I’ll turn things over to Greg Lampman from the NYSERDA team to speak through a number of additional items before jumping to final questions that we’ve received from those on the line. And so before turning it over, I also just wanted to remind folks that if you do have any questions for the NYSERDA team or for the project developers, you can please submit those using the chat function on the webinar tool, and I also wanted to remind to remind our listeners that this webinar will be available both on the NYSERDA web page as well as on the NYSERDA YouTube channel with closed captioning. So please use those resources if you want to see these slides in the future. So with that, I’ll turn things over to Greg Lampman. Thank you, Matt. NYSERDA and our state partners have been conducting public meetings for a very long time. And we first started doing these early in the master planning process. We found them very effective for both providing information to public about the status of our work but additionally gathering information from the public about their concerns and interests around offshore wind. We’re going to continue that tradition going forward. We are in the process now of putting together a public meeting series that’s going to run from Albany to Southampton this coming September. Our general format for these meetings are to provide a little bit of time for information out to the public when we do a presentation, but we also spend a good deal of time on the floor talking with folks one-on-one so the members of public can interact with the offshore wind team from NYSERDA as well as the selected developers and our state partners, ask questions, and get some comments in to us on your thinking. You can check back at the website listed on this page for more information, or you can go to our offshore wind web page click on the contact us tab and sign up, and we’ll be sending information out directly to folks on that list about these meetings when they develop. Next slide, please. Another important aspect of our public engagement is working with technical groups. As many of you know, we’ve been we’ve been developing and working with four technical working groups in New York State around topics associated with environmental concerns, commercial fishing, jobs and supply chain opportunities, as well as the maritime community. These technical working groups provide great forums for discussions between the groups that they’re named after and developers or other state and federal partners to be able to discuss proactively interests and concerns around the development of offshore wind and also to proactively identify the opportunities to address those issues. So we have continued to meet with these different stakeholder groups and forge relationships with the individuals who occupy those groups. Next slide, please. And to a very large degree, our work has been what I’ll describe a spatially agnostic with these technical working groups. So we’re working with these groups in the interest of developing the offshore wind industry, not just specific projects. However, in the case of the environmental and the commercial fishing technical working groups, who are also going to be engaging in these projects on a site-specific basis. As you heard earlier in this presentation, one of the requirements for proposers to our offtake solicitation was the provision of environmental and commercial fishing mitigation plans. These mitigation plans are going to be presented to the fishing and environmental technical working groups, and they will be involved in evolving those mitigation plans going forward and over the course of the whole project. Through these mechanisms, we are providing these stakeholders the opportunity to engage specifically on individual projects and helping to ensure that their voices and interests are heard as those projects develop. In addition to that site-specific work, these groups are also working on a number of other topics that can inform offshore wind energy development. For example, we’ve been working with the environment Technical Working Group to identify best management practices that could be potentially considered in future offshore wind procurements for New York State. We’re going to be starting that process with the commercial fishing group as well, and recently NYSERDA has released a solicitation and is in the process of reviewing proposals for a two million dollar solicitation to study issues and concerns identified by these groups around commercial fishing and environment. These include topics such as commercial fishing access to turbine arrays and marine ecosystem dynamics – trying to understand how oceanography, plankton, and marine mammals all interact using existing data. So a lot of work is being instigated by these technical working groups, and the state is working to advance the research and science to understand how to address those problems. Next slide, please. Many of you have heard of the National Offshore Wind Research Consortium. This was established by NYSERDA and DOE with partners across the country and in Europe. This is a true public-private partnership that includes really key industry players, and that’s an important point, because those industry players help assure that industry leadership and market pull leads to the commercialization of the tech developed through this process. So this is a research consortium that is involved with development of R&D around offshore wind specifically. You can see the research pillars that are out currently, and the solicitation is live and seeking proposals. But the overall goal of the R&D Consortium is to lower the cost of energy for the ratepayers, but also to create opportunities for US supply chain in this field. Next slide, please. And finally, a new opportunity that the state is putting together is a webinar series. These are not expected to be once a month webinar series. They’re going to be a bit more ad hoc, but we’re looking for … through our interactions with the public and with our technical working groups, there’s been a number of technical topics that folks have expressed interest on or concerns about, and we are going to be seeking experts in these areas to try to present to folks to answer some of those questions. An example would be we’ve been conducting a three-year digital aerial survey of Wildlife across the New York Bight. That wrapped up earlier this year. And so we’re going to be presenting the outcome of that survey work. We’ve had requests for some presentations on foundation types, for example, and so we’re looking for specialists who will be able to present on that topic. But if you’re interested in hearing more about some specific aspect of offshore wind and would like us to consider including that in our webinar series, you can certainly forward that along. We’ll be asking that of folks at our public meetings as well. You can send that request to [email protected] or additionally you can go to the offshore wind web page, click on the connect with us tab, and sign up for our email list, or check back on the site located on the page here. And with that, I will turn it over to Doreen Harris for fielding any questions. Doreen? Yes, thank you. Greg. And thanks to everyone for a very quick walk through what was a very momentous week for all of us working in this industry. And I hope through these presentations you can see our collective commitment to getting this right and getting projects built that have many benefits for us in New York and again are reflective of the work that we’ve been doing with you for so many years to move this forward responsibly. So I will remind you that we do have a window of time now to take your questions that you have submitted via the chat function on the webinar. We’re going to have a little bit of tricky logistics here because some of the questions are actually for our developer colleagues, and so to the extent possible, I’d like to see if we can handle using them on the phone to answer a couple of questions that are I think those that are best answered by the particular companies. In addition, we have a couple general questions that I know the NYSERDA team would be happy to handle. So the first question is actually for the Orsted and Eversource team. So the extent that they can answer the question … there had been a question around your plans regarding foundations. So we heard from Empire Wind as to their plans for gravity-based foundation manufacturing here in the Capital Region. Interested – from this questioner – to know what your plans are for foundations. Again Orsted and Eversource. Yeah, hi thank you. This Ryan Chaytors. Yeah, we are in the process of evaluating various aspects of the project including the foundation type that we will ultimately decide and choose for this project. That will be part of some of the evaluation that will need to collect via the site investigation activities that will be occurring at the site to determine what the the necessary engineering requirements may be based on the subsurface conditions that we find. So we haven’t made a commitment, a full commitment, at this point one way the other on foundation type. Thank you. Thanks for that answer. And now I’ll turn it to Matt Vestal to sort of tee up part of an answer to the question, but for this one, we also will ask our friends from Equinor, Orsted, and Eversource to chime in after Matt concludes, please. Thanks, Doreen. This question asks: will there be a marshalling port for these projects, and if not, how will all turbine components be assembled? And so effectively the answer is yes. There must be some marshaling point for the turbine components to be to be assembled before heading offshore for final assembly, I would say. I think it’s important to flag here before I turn to both of the developers for their responses just to know that the state has committed to investing 200 million dollars in port infrastructure in the state, and we have identified this need for a type of marshalling or staging facility certainly as a long-term need for the state and for the region and one of the priorities regarding the potential future deployment of those funds. And so there I think is some possibility that through the investment of those funds that there could be greater port access in New York State to support activities such as this. But again I will turn this question maybe first to to Julia at Equinor, and again the question is: will there be a marshalling port and what is the plan for that piece of the construction process. Julia? Sure, thanks Matt. And we’ll just echo that you know even though we are investing sixty million of our own money in the manufacturing port, we see the marshalling or assembly port as really being a public resource for all developers who are going to be developing offshore wind in New York. So just like a big bridge or highway, you know, we hope that the state will make that investment and it’ll be part of of New York really taking leadership role in the industry. Great, thank you, Julia. And I can turn it over to Ryan and Kenneth as well, if they have an additional response on that point. Thank you for the question. We’re certainly looking to the state of New York for infrastructure improvements in their port facilities. We do have a back-up plan, and we’re currently negotiating for the Port of New London, Connecticut to be used for wind turbine marshalling for the Northeast area. If that does not pan out, then we’ll quickly be looking to other locations. Great, thank you. I’ll now turn things over to Adrienne Downey. I think that she has a question with her, and then you’ll hear from me again with another question or two shortly. Adrienne? Thanks, Matt. We have a question here: when is the phase 2 RFP process anticipated? We wanted to certainly provide an update as part of our next steps that Matt spoke to earlier in the presentation that we’re going to be making a filing with the Public Service Commission documenting this phase one procurement effort and the outcomes and likewise publishing the contracts at at that point in time. That is part of our regulatory obligations with the Department of Public Service who ultimately will be helping to work with NYSERDA and to drive a subsequent solicitation process. We are currently working under the direction of the offshore wind standard order and are working with DPS very closely cognizant of the need to be certainly transparent with the communities and transparent with the industry and supporting an RFP process and timing that will help to continue the momentum within this important industry for New York State. There’s another question here: could we provide an update on work that New York State has kicked off last year with regards to transmission options for subsequent offshore wind procurements? That’s a great question that ties in to what was just described a moment ago with regards to the ongoing work that NYSERDA is continuing with the Department of Public Service. So certainly the analysis has been continuing over the past number of months and will be incorporated into our eventual white paper that we’re hoping to be publishing with DPS within the coming months that will form the basis for our next offshore wind order and likewise with the the according solicitation efforts. So stay tuned for that work. Certainly the analysis has been continuing in the background here. Matt, turning it back over to you, if you’ve got a few more questions. Yep, thanks, Adrienne. The next question states: are there any plans to develop wind that would benefit upstate, and if so, where would that be? So this is certainly a bit of a complicated question but I would say from first and foremost offshore wind can of course provide benefits to other parts of New York beyond New York City and Long Island where the power is being delivered. I think there was actually a great article just today in the Albany Times Union that spoke to some of the economic benefits that are expected to be delivered to the Capital Region. And so certainly from an economic development perspective, there will be widespread opportunity not only to New York City, Long Island, and the Capital Region, but but also smaller component manufacturing and other workforce needs that that could certainly be made available to the talent of New York State. From a generation perspective, I think it’s worth noting that of course offshore wind is best – that resource is best situated to support downstate New York. However, there are other clean energy resources such as land-based wind and solar as well as hydro that are best suited to support other geographies within New York State. And so again both clean energy from a generation perspective and from an economic benefit perspective are certainly able to support all corners of the state. Another question we have here, again I’m going to turn this to the developers. The question is: when and where will shapefiles of turbine layouts for the projects be available? Again, that’s: when will the shapefiles of turbine layouts for these projects be available? I’ll first turn this to Julia at Equinor. Yeah, great question. We’re still in the process of going through the turbine layouts with … going through them a lot with fishermen who use the lease area, some scientists, and so we have a few more rounds of meetings to do with with those folks before we can really pick which the best options will be, but we’ve been we’ve been going over those maps for quite a few months now, and we want to get the most input we can, and part of that will be putting those files up. So thanks for the question. Thanks, Julia. And does the Sunrise team have a response to that as well? Again, the question was about when shapefiles will be made available for that project. Yeah, this is Ryan. I think I would just echo similar to what Julia mentioned is we’ve been developing a number of offshore wind projects up in the northeast for a number of years now and have been actively engaged in numerous conversations with the fishing community including through our partnership with RODA. Those efforts are ongoing and will continue, and we will continue to work through those channels to make sure that whichever ultimate layout we do decide to proceed is something that is again hopefully accepted by the larger community. So the work is extremely important and will continue to on go over the next coming months before we fully lock down and finalize any type of a specific project layout. Great, thank you. And I think that we’ll have one more question here. Again, this is going to be for the developers. The question I have here is: are you looking for any new US- built construction vessels either for supply or jackup barges? And then how does this relate to the Jones Act? So this is obviously a bit of a complicated question, but maybe I’ll turn it to the to the Sunrise Wind the team first to speak about the state of play in vessels and what you’re looking for for this project specifically. I’m happy to to take that first. From the Eversource/Orsted perspective for Sunrise, we are evaluating various installation vessel options and are looking at what the possibilities may be, as we think of our installation schedule and needing some vessels out in the 2022-23 timeline. So again, we don’t have anything at this point definitive or lock down. We’re in front of evaluating what the needs may be and this obviously is also very tied into the port infrastructure and what is available at a given time may also impact some of the vessel availability or vessel usage that will be available to us. Great, thank you. Then, Julia, I don’t know if you have anything to add to that? Yeah, if you don’t mind. I think New York Harbor is so strong with many different types of vessels that there are scenarios in which we can use what’s existing and then of course there’s a lot of new technology developing, but I do want to just make the point that, generally speaking, NYSERDA has a supplier database on its website, and whether we’re talking about vessels or any other things that we’ll need to procure for the project, the first place we’re going to go is that NYSERDA supplier database. So I know that there are some questions there about how to become a supplier. And we’ll have prime contractors and then there’ll be subcontractors and subcontractors, but I think the best way to engage on any of those things is to make sure you’re on that NYSERDA supplier database. Thank you, Julia. I’ll now turn things back to Adrienne Downey to wrap things up. Excellent, thanks very much, Matt. So we are at the top of the hour. Our sincere thanks to all who have joined us this afternoon for this webinar. We of course anticipate that there are additional questions and our apologies if we didnt’ get to your question. We would very much encourage you please to correspond with us per the email address that is provided here [email protected] and likewise you can reach out to us through the website nyserda.ny.gov/offshorewind, where if you’re not already on our listserv we certainly encourage you to join so as to stay abreast of all of the latest and greatest news from NYSERDA’s offshore wind team. Sincere thanks to the Sunrise Wind team and to the Empire Wind team for joining us this afternoon and the opportunity to start hearing directly about the details of these exciting projects. We look forward to working together in the coming months and years in their development. So with that, one last reminder that this webinar will be shared on our website within the next couple of days, and it will be closed captioned. So please feel free to use it as an ongoing resource, and with that again, sincere thanks for all of your time, and we look forward to being in touch again soon. Thank you very much. Take care.