Wind Energy – USA
Today Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced that Empire Wind, which is being built as part of a joint venture between Equinor and bp, has received the Record of Decision, the next step in getting federal approval to build the wind farm project.
Above is a statement from Molly Morris, President of Equinor Renewables Americas on the decision.
Empire Wind is among several offshore wind projects facing construction and financing cost blowouts that the troubled industry says would not be covered by existing power sales contracts, but it could be helped by a new auction planned by New York state.
Empire Wind will include two offshore wind farms, 816-MW Empire Wind 1 and 1,260-MW Empire Wind 2, located about 12 nautical miles (nm) south of Long Island, and about 17 nm east of Long Branch, New Jersey.
Together, its 147 turbines will be capable of producing renewable power for more than 700,000 homes each year, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management estimated.