Ørsted Partnership and Empire Wind Awarded Largest U.S. Offshore Wind Bid

Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm during construction | Deepwater Wind photo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo executed the nation’s largest offshore wind agreement on Thursday — 1,700 megawatts — with the selection of two offshore wind projects for a much anticipated New York State Energy Research & Development Agency bid request.

The agreement awards a 25-year offshore wind renewable energy certificate for an 880 megawatt capacity wind farm called Sunrise Wind, a joint venture of Ørsted, the Danish firm that recently acquired South Fork Wind Farm developer Deepwater Wind, and Eversource, a New England electric transmission builder. 

The wind farm would be just southeast of the South Fork Wind Farm, which has a power purchase agreement with LIPA to power the South Fork.

Ørsted is currently planning to use Siemens Gamesa’s 8.0MW turbines for both projects, along with its Revolution Wind project in Connecticut, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon. Their expected commissioning date for the Sunrise Wind farm is 2024.

Sunrise Wind is constructing an operations and maintenance hub in Port Jefferson and is exploring transmission partnerships with the New York Power Authority and Con Edison.

The second project, Empire Wind, would be constructed in Equinor Wind’s offshore wind lease area about 14 miles south of Long Beach. The 816 megawatt capacity wind farm is expected to be developed with 60 to 80 wind turbines, with an installed capacity of more than 10 megawatts each.

“The environment and climate change are the most critically important policy priorities we face,” said Mr. Cuomo at the bid signing.. “They literally will determine the future — or the lack thereof. Even in today’s chaos of political pandering and hyperbole there are still facts, data and evidence – and climate change is an undeniable scientific fact. But cries for a new green movement are hollow political rhetoric if not combined with aggressive goals and a realistic plan on how to achieve them.”

“New York State has set an ambitious goal to be 100% powered by clean energy by 2040,” said Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Offshore. “We fully share that vision, and we’re proud to bring more than two decades of offshore wind expertise to the state and to be fronting the offshore wind build-out in New York with a combined 1,000MW capacity via our South Fork and Sunrise Wind projects.”

Governor Cuomo pledged in this year’s State of the State address to mandate 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind power in the state by 2035.

According to the Governor’s office, today’s agreement provides enough power to supply 1 million homes, create more than 1,600 jobs, and result in $3.2 billion in economic activity. 

To learn more about the awarded projects and NYSERDA’s ongoing efforts to advance offshore wind, NYSERDA will host a public webinar on Wednesday, July 24 at 12 p.m. ET or at 7 p.m. ET.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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