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Equinor gets green light to build 810MW Empire Wind

RICHARD HEAP

May 17, 2024

Equinor has won final support from the New York State Public Service Commission to start building the 810MW Empire Wind offshore wind farm.

The commission yesterday awarded the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity that authorises the start of construction on transmission facilities for the development. This is a crucial step for the scheme, which is due to start producing power in 2026.

Molly Morris, president of Equinor Renewables Americas, said: “With this authorization in place, combined with other federal, state and local authorizations, critical construction can begin in Brooklyn that will help connect the 810MW of renewable energy produced by Empire Wind 1 to the New York City grid. Equinor appreciates the leadership of Governor Hochul and the work of the PSC as we proceed into this exciting new phase of the project.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said: “Offshore wind is a critically important part of our fight against climate change, and today’s decision will help move forward a zero-emissions electric grid that will provide long-term benefits to all New Yorkers.”

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