Equinor has today been selected to provide the State of New York with offshore wind power in one of the largest renewable energy procurements in the U.S. to date.
Under the award, Equinor and incoming strategic partner, bp, will provide 1,260 megawatts (MW) of renewable offshore wind power from Empire Wind 2, and another 1,230 MW of power from Beacon Wind 1 – adding to the existing commitment to provide New York with 816 MW of renewable power from Empire Wind 1 – totalling 3.3 gigawatts (GW) of power to the State.
The execution of the procurement award is subject to the successful negotiation of a purchase and sale agreement, which will be finalised with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
As part of the award, the companies will partner with the State to transform two venerable New York ports – the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) and the Port of Albany – into large-scale offshore wind working industrial facilities.
Anders Opedal, CEO of Equinor, said the projects will deliver homegrown, renewable electricity to New York and play a major role in the State’s ambitions of becoming a global offshore wind hub.
“The U.S. East Coast is one of the most attractive growth markets for offshore wind in the world. The successful bids for Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind 1 represent a game-changer for our offshore wind business in the U.S. These projects will also create value through economies of scale and support our strategic ambition of becoming a global offshore wind major,” Mr Opedal said.
Siri Espedal Kindem, President of Equinor Wind U.S., added that together, Equinor and the State of New York will create a robust offshore wind supply chain capable of manufacturing, assembling, and staging these projects at scale.
“As Equinor works to expand its renewable energy presence across the United States and the globe, New York’s leadership clearly illustrates the transformative benefits of offshore wind on climate goals and economic activity alike,” she said.
“We are looking forward to developing Empire Wind and Beacon Wind together with local authorities, communities and our incoming partner bp in growing this new industry.”