Equinor Wins New York Offshore Wind Bid

Pål Eitrheim when New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Equinor’s Empire Wind as a winner in the state’s first large-scale competitive offshore wind solicitation.  (Credit: Eskil Eriksen/Equinor ASA)

Equinor’s Empire Wind project will help bring renewable energy to New York City while spurring statewide economic development opportunities. The project is expected to create approximately 800 local jobs during construction and operation, including through the creation of locally manufactured turbine foundations in New York’s capital region.

More broadly, Equinor is committed to developing the nation’s first offshore wind supply chain to support the construction, installation and operation of offshore wind projects.

Equinor will also invest more than $60 million in port upgrades in New York that will support future offshore wind projects and further strengthen the state’s position as the U.S. hub for offshore wind. 

Equinor will commit at least $4.5 million to community benefits and workforce development, which will further the goals of New York’s National Offshore Wind Training Institute and Community and Workforce Benefits Fund.  

Project development is expected to begin as early as spring 2021, with construction expected in 2022 and commercial operation beginning in December 2024.

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