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Four US offshore wind projects bid in third NY solicitation

The wind farms cover over 4500MW of combined capacity

Posted on January 30, 2023

US offshore wind farm projects South Fork, Sunrise Wind, Leading Light, and Beacon Wind 2 have submitted bids in New York’s third solicitation round.

The four projects are seeking offshore wind power contracts from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Orsted and Eversource are developing the 130MW South Fork and the 924MW Sunrise Wind. The 2100MW Leading Light Wind project is being developed by Invenergy and New York-based energyRe.

The 1360MW Beacon Wind project is being developed by Equinor and bp.

The third New York solicitation marks additional progress toward achieving the state’s Climate Act mandate to secure 70% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and at least 9000MWof offshore wind by 2035.

“As the only American-led offshore wind project in the New York Bight, Leading Light Wind has an unmatched commitment to advancing a domestic offshore wind industry that secures American competitiveness in the global market, delivers a just energy transition, and builds new opportunities for New Yorkers,” said Michael Polsky, Founder and CEO at Invenergy.

David Hardy, Group EVP and CEO Americas at Orsted, said: “We’re confident this new proposal offers statewide, comprehensive offshore wind solutions and integrated clean energy innovation for New York, a state where we already have two advanced projects and have invested in supply chain development, workforce training and O&M capabilities.

Molly Morris, President of Equinor Wind US, noted: “Equinor and bp are eager to build on the significant experience gained through our work in New York over the past five years to bring more offshore wind energy to the state.

“The commitments and opportunities that we have outlined in this bid are informed by our team’s ongoing efforts to develop offshore wind for the state. Our deep understanding of the workers, communities and economic opportunities related to this new industry allows us to invest in New York where it matters most.”


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