Equinor has announced the name of its offshore wind project off the coast of New England. When complete, the project, Beacon Wind, will provide power to more than a million households in the US northeast
Equinor US president Siri Espedal Kindem said, “Beacon conveys a sense of hope and guidance, qualities that we value very highly at Equinor, especially now.
“Equinor is making substantial progress, even during these challenging times, and we are strengthening our ability to deliver renewable energy and further advance our ambitions in the US offshore wind industry.
“We are at a pivotal moment in the offshore wind industry,” she said. “This project builds on the region’s momentum to bring renewable energy to northeast households.”
Equinor is pursuing the development of offshore wind projects on the east and west coasts of the US. Beacon Wind will be a key contributor to its position in the US, alongside its 816-MW project in New York, Empire Wind.
Beacon Wind is located approximately 32 km south of Massachusetts and 113 km east of New York. The project initiated wildlife surveys in 2019 and will now undertake survey work to characterise conditions in the lease area, including geologic conditions, benthic habitat, and presence of obstructions and sensitive resources that will be considered during the development of the project.
To ensure the development of Beacon Wind coexists successfully with traditional northeast maritime industries, Equinor Wind’s Boston-based team is actively engaging with commercial fishermen and their representatives.
“Insights and feedback from the fishing industry are critical to the collaborative development of Beacon Wind,” said the company. “Equinor is committed to similar engagement with all regional communities and industries with an interest in the project.”
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