Approval is Secured for Ørsted’s Sunrise Wind Offshore Project



Y’all, the US just said “yes!” to a mega wind farm called Sunrise Wind. This oceanic power play will be churning out enough renewable juice to power 600,000 homes in New York (talk about a wind-win situation). Coming in 2026, the project will also bring 800 direct jobs, thousands of indirect ones, and a cool $700m investment to Suffolk County. Who said going green can’t also mean raking in the green?

U.S. Approves 924MW Sunrise Wind Offshore Farm

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has greenlit the Sunrise Wind offshore wind farm, the nation’s seventh commercial-scale offshore project.

Developers Ørsted and Eversource have also decided to proceed with the project.

“New York is already home to the South Fork Wind project, and with Sunrise Wind we will build on that foundation, delivering more clean renewable power,” stated David Hardy, Ørsted group executive vice-president and Americas CEO.

Located 16.4 nautical miles off Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts and 30 miles east of Montauk in New York, Sunrise Wind will power 600,000 New York homes.

Approval follows extensive consultations with government partners, stakeholders and the public.

The BOEM approved an alternative layout for the project, with fewer turbines than initially proposed. This adjustment reduces impacts on marine life and aligns with the energy requirements of New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

“Today’s offshore wind project approval continues a surge of momentum that the Biden-Harris administration is delivering for the American offshore wind industry,” remarked Ali Zaidi, US President Joe Biden’s national climate advisor.

Sunrise Wind will become operational by 2026, bringing a $700m investment to Suffolk County and creating 800 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs in New York State.

New York State and Sunrise Wind have a 25-year contract to supply clean energy and agreements in place for offshore wind renewable energy certificates from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

In early 2024, Ørsted agreed to purchase a 50% stake in Sunrise Wind from Eversource.

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