NY State Awards Two Offshore Wind Projects - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  February 29, 2024

NY State Awards Two Offshore Wind Projects

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the State conditionally awarded two offshore wind projects from its fourth offshore wind solicitation.

The projects were awarded to a planned 810-megawatt project, Empire Wind 1 developed by Equinor, and Sunrise Wind, a planned 924-megawatt project developed by Orsted and Eversource. 

The projects will produce over 1,700 megawatts of clean energy and will be the largest power generation projects in New York State in over 35 years.

The wind projects are expected to enter operation in 2026 and are enough to power 1 million New York homes and deliver approximately 10% of New York City and Long Island’s electricity needs.

“I promised to make New York a place for the renewable energy industry to do business, and we are delivering on that promise,” Governor Hochul said in a statement. “Offshore wind is foundational to our fight against climate change, and these awards demonstrate our national leadership to advance a zero-emissions electric grid at the best value to New Yorkers.”

 Empire Wind I, located 15 miles off New York’s shore, and Sunrise Wind, located more than 30 miles east of the eastern point of Long Island, already completed most federal and state permitting milestones, including Empire Wind I receiving final approval of their Construction and Operations plan from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last week.

The two wind projects will lower GHG emissions by over 3 million metric tons annually and continue to make investments totaling $135 million in electric grid infrastructure on Long Island and $200 million in transmission-related investments.

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