如果NYSERDA赢得租赁拍卖，它计划在“重新拍卖”租赁区域的发展权之前进行预开发工作并确保电力购买机制。在它新闻稿，NYSERDA概述了在为风能区域开放竞争性竞标过程之前所采取的步骤：环境研究，场地特征，资源评估和利益相关者外展。NYSERDA的策略不仅为涡轮机展示位置提供了大部分所需的科学数据，而且还可以在早期讨论未来发展中参与所有利益相关者。The process is reminiscent of Rhode Island’s marine spatial planning efforts in which the state, under the leadership of the Coastal Resources Management Council, Rhode Island Sea Grant, and URI Coastal Resources Center, developed an Ocean Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) that identified a 13 square-mile zone as a preferred area for offshore wind development and streamlined the regulatory process for evaluating development proposals. The SAMP-identified zone enabled Deepwater Wind to secure permits quickly—within two years of its application. Delineating and refining development zones can help expedite the permitting process. Furthermore, pre-development site studies (geotechnical, meteorological, etc.) by NYSERDA could help minimize risks for potential developers who otherwise invest in these site studies without guarantee of construction permits.
While NYSERDA’s press release does not reveal a timeline for completing pre-development studies, the process could streamline and accelerate what is currently a lengthy siting and permitting process (approx. 7 years), rather than adding regulation, limitations, and delays to the process. The power procurement mechanism that NYSERDA would secure for the developer could accelerate finance and construction by providing revenue certainty.