NYSERDA has released a Program Opportunity Notice (PON) to support independent research to improve the scientific and technical foundation for addressing questions related to the development of offshore wind.
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Teaming Opportunities for Environmental and Fisheries Research for Offshore Wind Energy Development
The New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan advances the development of offshore wind (OSW) in a manner that is cost-effective while also being sensitive to environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues. This Program Opportunity Notice (PON) supports independent research to improve the scientific and technical foundation for addressing key policy-relevant questions related to the development of OSW and stakeholder-identified environmental and fisheries concerns.
About the Solicitation
The research questions addressed in this solicitation build on the goals of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan and support OSW development by providing relevant information to key stakeholders on high priority environmental and fisheries issues. The solicitation addresses key research needs identified as high priority by scientists, fishermen, environmental organizations, New York State and federal regulators, and offshore wind developers engaged in environmental (E-TWG) and fisheries (F-TWG) technical working groups formed under the OSW Master Plan. Through this solicitation, NYSERDA expects to select one or more projects in the following five categories:
A. Ecosystem dynamics: Examine the relationships between environmental processes, primary productivity, and distributions of species at higher trophic levels
B. Understanding offshore wind development constraints to commercial fishing access
C1. Approaches for offshore wind pre- and post-construction monitoring
C2. Approaches for leveraging non-traditional data for offshore wind environmental decision-making
C3. Modeling the effects of offshore wind developments on the Cold Pool stratification
Full solicitation available at NYSERDA Funding Opportunities
Deadline: May 14, 2019
Proposers that are interested in collaborating and identifying other potential proposers to work with should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Email address
- Categories (example: A and C2)
- Brief description of what you offer another team or what you are looking for to augment your team (<250 words)
By sending this information to NYSERDA, you are consenting to your information being included on a list of individuals/entities interested in collaborating on a proposal on this website. Beyond making the information available, NYSERDA will not proactively endeavor to build teams.
Current Teaming Opportunities
Name: Jen Mathia, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
Email Address: email@example.com
Description: Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc is looking for teaming opportunities for this RFP. We are a national firm with a strong presence along the eastern seaboard. Our team has expertise in marine biology, hydrodynamic/hydraulic analyses, as well as USACE and NOAA/ESA permitting. Additionally, we support our wind development clients in permitting land-based installations.
Name: Ruben Fijn, Bureau Waardenburg Ltd
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Bureau Waardenburg offers 20 years of experience in offshore ecology with emphasis on effect studies in offshore wind farms, both in the North Sea as well as abroad. Our ecologists have an extensive track record of collecting data (a.o. baseline aerial/ship surveys of birds and marine mammals, radar studies, tracking studies with GPS, visual observations using standard protocols such as panorama scans, post-construction underwater monitoring) and analyzing large databases to study flight behavior of birds in and around offshore wind farms, calculate collisions victims with Band models, analyze population effects with Leslie matrix population models and carry out cumulative assessments of these effects. We therefore have a profound knowledge of monitoring protocols and pros/cons based on extensive field experience with such protocols. Experience we are very willing to share with partners in the USA!
Name: Wally Erickson, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
Email Address: email@example.com
Description: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST) has over 25 years of experience providing statistical and environmental consulting services to government and industry. Our expert team of ecologists, biologists, and statisticians understand wind-energy development and operations. Our biologists have a strong understanding of the many wildlife species affected by wind energy, and our biometricians use the latest statistical tools to effectively guide the study design, management strategies, and data analysis of pre- and post-construction wind energy monitoring methodologies. We utilize cutting-edge technologies to design new survey methodologies, and have developed new risk-based approaches for advising clients on unique project needs, compliance, and mitigation strategies for both on and offshore wind energy. West has designed bird, marine mammal, sea turtles and other ocean environment surveys. WEST is well-positioned to lead a team of expert biologists and statisticians to research and develop new approaches and survey methodologies for pre- and post-construction monitoring at offshore wind energy projects. WEST has exceptional experience in designing and conducting surveys for birds, bats, and other sensitive species impacted by wind turbines, including visual, aerial, capture, camera/drone, and acoustic monitoring techniques. WEST is interested in teaming with partners who have expertise in biology of marine mammals, sea turtles, fish, and invertebrates in coastal waters, to help establish baseline criteria for monitoring and inform risk assessments. Potential partners will have experience with a variety of survey methods including passive acoustic monitoring, use of hydrophones, underwater infrared systems, and others.