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Offshore Wind Projects

Over 4,300 megawatts under active development statewide

To help meet New York’s nation-leading renewable energy targets, NYSERDA issues competitive solicitations for offshore wind energy and contracts with offshore wind developers to purchase offshore renewable energy certificates (ORECs).

In the State’s second comprehensive offshore wind procurement, NYSERDA has selected two projects for contract negotiation: Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind of Equinor Wind US LLC. Together, these projects total nearly 2,500 megawatts, enough to power 1.3 million homes. For more information about the projects, see the 2020 Solicitation Awards Fact Sheet [PDF].

With these awards, New York now has five offshore wind projects in active development – the largest offshore wind pipeline in the nation totaling more than 4,300 megawatts and representing nearly 50 percent of the capacity needed to meet New York’s nation-leading offshore wind goal of 9,000 megawatts by 2035.

This map displays offshore wind project areas in the Atlantic Ocean that will deliver clean, renewable energy to New York. The South Fork Wind Farm, located east of Montauk Point, was awarded by PSEG-LIPA. As a result of NYSERDA’s first solicitation for offshore wind, Empire Wind 1 (located south of Jones Beach in the New York Bight) and Sunrise Wind (located east of Montauk Point) were awarded contracts. In this second procurement, NYSERDA has provisionally awarded Empire Wind 2 (located southeast of Empire 1 in the same federal lease area) and Beacon Wind (located east of Montauk point). The map notes proposed interconnection points at the East Hampton, Holbrook, Barret, Gowanus, and Astoria substations. The map also notes proposed port facilities at the Port of Albany and Port of Coeymans in the Capital Region, South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood, and Port Jefferson and Montauk on Long Island.

The map (full size image here) and photographs display New York’s five offshore wind projects, proposed port facilities, key infrastructure investments, and proposed points of interconnection.

Quick Facts

Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind will bring tremendous economic benefit to New Yorkers. Together with Empire Wind 1 and Sunrise Wind, the awarded projects from NYSERDA’s inaugural solicitation, the projects will:

  • Power more than 2.4 million New York homes.
  • Bring a combined economic impact of $12.1 billion to upstate, downstate, and Long Island.
  • Invest approximately $730 million in combined private and public funds in long-term port facilities and cutting-edge technologies, including the nation’s first offshore wind tower manufacturing plant at the Port of Albany.
  • Support more than 6,800 jobs in project development, component manufacturing, installation, and operations and maintenance.
  • Directly offer well-paying careers with salaries averaging approximately $100,000 per year.
  • Deliver significant economic benefits to disadvantaged communities and support the responsible retirement of aging fossil-fuel power plants near key environmental justice communities.

NYSERDA Contracted Offshore Wind Projects

NYSERDA has executed contracts with Equinor Wind US LLC for its 816 megawatt Empire Wind Project and Sunrise Wind LLC (a joint venture of Ørsted A/S and Eversource Energy) for its 880 megawatt Sunrise Wind Project to deliver clean, affordable, renewable energy to New Yorkers. 

To learn more about how the projects were selected and to read the full executed contracts (including environmental and fisheries mitigation plans), see our 2018 Solicitation page.

Through its second solicitation, ORECRFP20-1,  NYSERDA has provisionally awarded two further contracts with Equinor Wind for the 1,260 megawatt Empire Wind 2 Project and 1,230 megawatt Beacon Wind Project. Negotiation of these contracts is currently underway.

Empire Wind 1

Project Capacity: 816 megawatts
Developer: Equinor Wind US LLC
Expected Commercial Operation Date 2024
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Empire Wind 1 Key Facts

  • At its closest point, the project is located approximately 14 miles from Jones Beach State Park.
  • The project will connect to New York’s electricity grid at the Gowanus Substation in Brooklyn.
  • The project will use gravity-based foundations, produced in the Capital Region at the Port of Coeymans, that minimize risks to marine wildlife.
  • The project will establish an operations and maintenance base in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Empire Wind 1 Progress

Stage Status
Data Collection Ongoing
Permitting Processes Preliminary
Manufacturing To come
Construction and Installation To come
Commissioning
To come

Sunrise Wind

Project Capacity: 880 megawatts
Developer: Sunrise Wind LLC
Expected Commercial Operation Date 2024
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Sunrise Wind Key Facts

  • At its closest point, the project is located more than 30 miles off the east coast of Long Island.
  • The project will connect to New York’s electricity grid at the Holbrook Substation in central Long Island.
  • The project will fabricate key components for foundations in the Capital Region.
  • The project will establish a regional operations and maintenance hub in Port Jefferson, NY.

Sunrise Wind Progress

Stage Status
Data Collection Ongoing
Permitting Processes Preliminary
Manufacturing To come
Construction and Installation To come
Commissioning
To come

LIPA’s South Fork Wind Farm

The South Fork Wind Farm is a 130-megawatt offshore wind project in development off the east coast of Long Island and is expected to be New York State’s first operational offshore wind farm. The South Fork Wind Farm was awarded a contract by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in 2017 as the result of a competitive solicitation for new sources of cost-effective power to meet the South Fork’s growing demand for electricity.

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