The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has signed contracts with Equinor Wind US for its 816-MW Empire Wind offshore wind project and Sunrise Wind, a joint venture of Ørsted and Eversource Energy, for its 880-MW Sunrise Wind project
Equinor Wind US president Christer Geijerstam said, "Empire Wind is a key part of the state’s new offshore wind industry, bringing not only homegrown renewable energy, but also new jobs and substantial economic development."
Ørsted US Offshore chief executive and president of Ørsted North America Martin Neubert said, "Thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo, NYSERDA and New York, Sunrise Wind is helping secure the state’s role as a leader in the North American green energy transformation. Ørsted and Eversource will help ensure that New Yorkers not only benefit from green, renewable power, but that they reap the rewards of being an early player in this growing industry."
In July 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state of New York had selected two bidders to negotiate offshore wind renewable energy certificates for a combined 1.7 GW of offshore wind energy.
The combined award was the largest in the US to date and was significantly larger than anticipated. It followed the November 2018 launch of a solicitation seeking 800 MW or more of offshore wind capacity.
Equinor’s Empire Wind project is 23-56 km south of Long Island in the New York Bight.
Ørsted and Eversource’s Sunrise Wind project is in the waters off Massachusetts and Rhode Island, about 48 km from Montauk Point.