Empire Wind – offshore wind farm – 816 MW, USA, 2024

Jul 18, 2019 – New York State governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Norway’s energy company Equinor won the bid to develop the Empire Wind farm offshore New York.

The Empire Wind offshore wind farm with a capacity of 816 MW is planned offshore New York City in the state of New York in the US. It will cover an area of 80,000 acres in federal waters, an average of 20 miles south of Long Island, east of the Rockaways. The site extends 14-30 miles southeast of Long Island and covers water depths between 20 and 40 meters.

The project is expected to be developed with 60-80 wind turbines, with an installed capacity of more than 10 MW each.

The commercial lease for this federal offshore wind area was signed by Norway’s energy company Equinor in March 2017, following the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) successful auction in December 2016. 

Empire Wind will be constructed by private investors. Investments for a 1 GW project are typically about USD3 bln.

In July 2019, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Equinor had won the bid to develop the facility. The power plant is expected to operate from late 2024.

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