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New York backs 1.7GW pair in fourth offshore tender

RICHARD HEAP

February 29, 2024

US state New York has awarded support for two projects totalling 1.7GW in its fourth offshore wind solicitation: Equinor’s 810MW Empire Wind 1 and Ørsted’s 924MW Sunrise Wind.

New York said the projects would support $2bn of near-term economic investments and more than 800 jobs. It has awarded contracts at $150.15/MWh, which was announced by Governor Kathy Hochul.

Hochul said: “Offshore wind is foundational to our fight against climate change, and these awards demonstrate our national leadership to advance a zero-emissions electric grid at the best value to New Yorkers.”

Molly Morris, Equinor president for renewables in the Americas, said: “Governor Hochul and NYSERDA have once again shown their commitment to offshore wind and we are grateful that Empire Wind has been selected to help lead the way. This is an advanced project that will soon deliver reliable renewable power to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, with environmental and economic benefits that begin at the local level and will extend across the state.”

David Hardy, group executive vice president and chief executive Americas at Ørsted, said: “With these provisional awards in New York’s fourth offshore wind solicitation, we can see all the pieces of the state’s offshore wind economy coming together, and we’re incredibly proud of the role Sunrise Wind will play in this new American clean energy industry.”

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