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Offshore Wind Projects

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). Aligning with New York’s 10-Point Action Plan, NYSERDA continues to demonstrate leadership in advancing our nation’s transition to clean energy and delivering benefits to the State. The 2022 solicitation alone will result in the following key benefits:

  • $15 billion in anticipated in-state spending and the creation of more than 4,200 well-paying jobs across Long Island, New York City and the Capital Region over the 25-year lifespan of the projects.
  • Commitments to spend $3.4 billion in Disadvantaged Communities, in alignment with New York’s Climate Act goals, and nearly $300 million in commitments to Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOBs).
  • More than $85 million to support wildlife and fisheries research, mitigation, and enhancement. 
  • Billions of dollars in public health benefits resulting from reduced exposure to harmful pollutants—including fewer episodes of illness and premature death.
  • Nearly $1 billion combined public and private investment in blade and nacelle manufacturing facilities, planned in New York’s Capital Region.

Map of New York's offshore wind projects.

In the first offshore wind solicitation, ORECRFP18-1, NYSERDA executed contracts with Equinor Wind US LLC for the 816 MW Empire Wind Project and Sunrise Wind LLC (a joint venture of Ørsted A/S and Eversource Energy) for the 924 MW Sunrise Wind Project to deliver clean, affordable, renewable energy to New Yorkers. To learn more, see our 2018 Solicitation page.

With the second solicitation, ORECRFP20-1, NYSERDA executed contracts with Equinor Wind US LLC for the 1,260 MW Empire Wind 2 Project and the 1,230 MW Beacon Wind Project to deliver clean, affordable, renewable energy to New Yorkers. To learn more, see our 2020 Solicitation page.

On October 24, 2023, Governor Hochul announced the results of NYSERDA’s third competitive solicitation, the most competitive procurement in the U.S. to date. NYSERDA has provisionally awarded three projects totaling 4,032 MW, enough to power more than 2 million homes: Attentive Energy One developed by TotalEnergies, Rise Light & Power, and Corio Generation (1,404 MW), Community Offshore Wind developed by RWE Offshore Renewables and National Grid Ventures (1,314 MW), and Excelsior Wind developed by Vineyard Offshore (1,314 MW). This procurement also included a major investment in the nation’s first offshore wind blade and nacelle manufacturing facilities in the Capital Region. To learn more, see our 2022 Solicitation page

NYSERDA Contracted Projects

NYSERDA’s two contracted projects – Sunrise Wind and Empire Wind 1 – are in active development. Together, these two projects are expected to power over one million New York homes, generate billions of dollars in in-state spending, and support thousands of jobs in project development, component manufacturing, installation, and operations and maintenance. 

Empire Wind 1

Project Capacity: 816 megawatts
Developer: Equinor Wind US LLC
Expected Commercial Operation Date 2027
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Permitting Status:

Federal:
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NY State:
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Empire Wind 1 Key Facts

  • At its closest point, the Empire Wind 1 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 establish an operations and maintenance base in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Sunrise Wind

Project Capacity: 924 megawatts
Developer: Sunrise Wind LLC
Expected Commercial Operation Date 2025
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Permitting Status:

Federal:
www.permits.performance.gov/permitting-project/fast-41-covered-projects/sunrise-wind-farm Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

NY State:
https://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?MatterCaseNo=20-T-0617&CaseSearch=Search Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

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.

LIPA Contracted Project

South Fork Wind Farm

The South Fork Wind Farm is a 130-megawatt offshore wind project approximately 35 miles east of Montauk, Long Island and is New York State’s first operational offshore wind farm delivering first power to the New York grid in December 2023. 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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