Sourcing Renewables, Wind - January 15, 2021
NYSERDA advances offshore wind projects at two state ports
NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) announced on Jan. 13 that it selected Equinor to provide New York State with offshore wind power in one of the largest renewable energy procurements in the U.S. to date. Taken together, these two offshore wind projects will help the state’s economic rebound and strengthen disadvantaged communities while helping achieve its renewable energy goals.
Under the award, Equinor and partner bp will provide 1,260 MW of renewable offshore wind power from Empire Wind 2, and another 1,230 MW of power from Beacon Wind 1 – adding to the existing commitment to provide New York with 816 MW of renewable power from Empire Wind 1 – totaling 3.3 GW of power to the state. As part of the award by NYSERDA, the companies will partner with the state to transform two venerable New York ports – the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) and the Port of Albany – into large-scale offshore wind working industrial facilities that position New York to become an offshore wind industry hub.
“These projects will deliver homegrown, renewable electricity to New York and play a major role in the state’s ambitions of becoming a global offshore wind hub,” Anders Opedal, CEO of Equinor, said in a statement. “The U.S. East Coast is one of the most attractive growth markets for offshore wind in the world. The successful bids for Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind 1 represent a game-changer for our offshore wind business in the U.S. and underline Equinor’s commitment to be a leading company in the energy transition. These projects will also create value through economies of scale and support our strategic ambition of becoming a global offshore wind major.”