Offshore Wind Projects

Over 1,800 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).

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. Together, these projects represent approximately 1,700 megawatts of offshore wind under contract with NYSERDA. In addition, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is advancing the 130-megawatt South Fork Wind Farm, for a combined, current statewide total of more than 1,800 megawatts.

Quick Facts

Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind will:

  • Power more than 1 million New York homes.
  • Bring a combined economic impact of $3.2 billion to upstate, downstate, and Long Island.
  • Invest more than $85 million in long-term port facilities and cutting-edge technologies.
  • Support more than 1,600 jobs in project development, component manufacturing, installation, and operations and maintenance.
  • Directly offer well-paying careers with salaries of approximately $100,000 per year.

NYSERDA Contracted Offshore Wind Projects

A map showing the Sunrise Wind Project off the East coast of Long Island with transmission lines running to the Holdbrook Substation and the Empire Wind Project, South of Long Island with transmission lines running to the Gowanus Substation

This map shows the lease areas of the two awarded projects, Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind. Enlarge image.

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This map shows the combined project areas for Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind, the proposals selected for contract negotiations. Empire Wind is located centrally in the New York Bight and Sunrise Wind is far to the east of Montauk, Long Island. Proposed port facilities, including the Port of Coeymans, the Port of Albany, Port Jefferson, South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Homeport Pier, and the Arthur Kill Terminal, as well as proposed onshore substations at Gowanus, Brooklyn and Holbrook, Long Island are noted.

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.

Empire Wind

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