Ørsted And Eversource Propose New Wind Farm In New York
Ørsted and Eversource have submitted a joint proposal in response to New York State’s third round of offshore wind solicitations. Delivering clean, renewable power for at least 1 million New York homes, this submission includes multiple bids with different configurations that will generate billions of dollars in economic activity in the state economy, create thousands of new jobs, advance environmental justice, prioritize disadvantaged communities and minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs), and integrate clean energy solutions to further support the achievement of New York’s climate goals.
Together, Ørsted and Eversource are building South Fork Wind, New York’s first offshore wind farm, which broke ground early last year and will be operational with 130 MW in 2023, and Sunrise Wind, a 924 MW project that will deliver clean energy to New York in late 2025. As the New York leader in offshore wind, the joint venture has developed extensive partnerships across the state and consulted with dozens of community organizers, labor leaders, and local elected officials to develop a bid for a new project that best meets the needs of New Yorkers.
The state has begun training the future offshore wind workforce and committed $500 million in investments for offshore wind ports, manufacturing and supply chain infrastructure to support this growing industry. In July of 2022, NY Governor Hochul announced New York’s third competitive offshore wind solicitation for a minimum of 2,000 MW of offshore wind, which will power at least 1.5 million additional New York homes with clean, affordable energy. This third solicitation marks additional progress toward achieving New York State’s Climate Act mandate to secure 70 per cent of the state’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and at least 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035.
The joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource was established in 2016 and together the two companies have invested in building the American offshore wind supply chain and next generation of the nation’s energy workforce. Through its National Offshore Wind Agreement, the developers were the first in the US to commit that its offshore construction would be completed by an American union workforce, emphasizing the developers’ commitment to good-paying jobs, workforce training and safety.
Through two existing projects, the Ørsted-Eversource joint venture is already making significant investments and efforts to grow New York’s clean energy workforce, develop the State’s offshore wind supply chain, and provide renewable energy to nearly 670,000 New York homes.
As part of South Fork Wind and Sunrise Wind, Ørsted and Eversource have to date:
- Broken ground on South Fork Wind, New York’s first offshore wind project
- Announced the largest single New York State offshore wind supply chain award of US$86 million, bringing construction and steel manufacturing work to New York companies located in the Capital Region and Western New York
- Invested US$300,000 to train Capital Region workers for union construction careers in clean energy
- Supported the development of New York’s National Offshore Wind Training Center (NOWTC) on Long Island with a US$10 million investment
- Advanced the first offshore wind project in America to use high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission technology
- Committed US$5 million in a research partnership with Stony Brook University
- Announced the creation of an O&M Hub in East Setauket and harbor facility in Port Jefferson to support future wind farm operations
- Invested in developing a New York offshore wind supply chain and engaging with MWBEs
- Established strong stakeholder engagement and built positive community relationships based on a track record of promises kept