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July 19, 2019

N.Y. boosts Eversource joint wind venture

Eversource and Ørsted's Sunrise Wind project will be 30 miles east of Long Island's Montauk Point, pictured here.

New England utility parent Eversource and its wind power development partner on Thursday secured a major piece of business in New York.

New York officials selected Hartford/Boston-based Eversource and Denmark-based Ørsted to develop an 880-megawatt wind farm 30 miles off the eastern tip of Long Island.

New York also announced an 816-megawatt award to Norway-based Equinor’s Empire Wind. Combined, the two projects total 1.7 gigawatts, which New York is touting as the single largest offshore wind commitment by any U.S. state to date.

New York lawmakers recently committed to drawing 70 percent of the state’s power from renewable sources by 2030 and achieving 100 percent carbon-free power by 2040, which Vox reported as the most ambitious climate target in the U.S.

The U.S. offshore wind industry has been accelerating in recent years, as a number of East Coast states, including Connecticut, have committed to purchase power from wind farms.

Eversource and Ørsted’s Sunrise Wind farm will be adjacent to two of their other joint projects in that section of the sea -- Fork Wind Farm and Revolution Wind.

Connecticut has committed to purchasing 304 megawatts of Revolution Wind’s output. Rhode Island is also a customer.

That offshore wind energy would be a first for Connecticut, but the state is poised for much more, after lawmakers recently authorized the state to secure up to 2 gigawatts (2,000 megawatts) of additional wind power.

That initiative will help Connecticut push toward its own goals for escalating renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades, but officials are also hopeful it will provide an economic boost.

The Connecticut Port Authority has yet to finalize a $93 million contract with Eversource and Ørsted to upgrade infrastructure at New London’s State Pier, in preparation for turbine assembly and staging.

Meanwhile, just across the Long Island Sound in Port Jefferson, Eversource and Ørsted have pledged to build an operations and maintenance hub tied to the Sunrise Wind project. They will also invest $10 million for a workforce training center in partnership with Long Island’s Suffolk County Community College.

John Humphries, executive director of the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs, said Thursday that the Sunrise Wind award in New York could be beneficial to Connecticut.

"The selection of this bid from Ørsted/Eversource should be very good news for the New London region and Connecticut's workers,” Humphries said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for the partnership to capitalize on its planned investment in State Pier, bringing even more jobs and economic development to the surrounding communities. And it is an affirmation of the state's commitment to offshore wind development as a path to achieving our climate goals while strengthening our economy with new high-quality, union jobs."
 

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