Vineyard Wind has announced details of an offshore wind project it is proposing that would serve New York called Liberty Wind.
The Liberty Wind proposal was submitted in response to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) solicitation of offshore wind project proposals that could supply New York with clean energy.
The Liberty Wind proposal includes 400-MW, 800-MW and 1.2-GW project options. The 1.2-GW project – which the company said is the most cost-effective option for New York ratepayers – would be one of the largest offshore wind projects in the world and would make a major contribution to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s objective of developing 9 GW of offshore wind energy to supply New York.
The company said Liberty Wind would also bring substantial economic development and job creation benefits to New York, providing hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and thousands of jobs on Long Island, the Capital Region, and in New York City. Foundation components will be fabricated at a port facility in the capital region and transported down the Hudson River to the project site in the Atlantic Ocean.
Liberty Wind’s turbines will be located in federal waters 137 km offshore. The project would deliver power directly to the New York grid at an existing substation on Long Island, utilising a high voltage direct current system.
Vineyard Wind chief executive Lars Thaaning Pedersen said, “Our team’s extensive offshore wind experience from around the world and nearby in New England, where we are building the first utility scale offshore wind project in the US, allows us to deliver the best project for New York.
Vineyard Wind is collaborating with transmission developer Anbaric Development Partners for Liberty Wind. Anbaric has helped spearhead the development of two transmission projects serving New York. Vineyard Wind will finance and own the generation components of the project and Anbaric will finance and own the transmission components.