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BOEM Approves of New York's Empire

4C Offshore | Chris Anderson
By: Chris Anderson 22/11/2023 Chris Anderson
Molly Morris, President, Equinor Renewables Americas, issued the following statement regarding today’s Record of Decision announcement by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

“The federal Record of Decision is a significant milestone in advancing Equinor and bp’s Empire Wind project to help deliver on state and federal climate ambitions. Empire Wind is a defining project for New York and we continue our work to connect with communities and realise the project’s potential of providing reliable renewable power, creating jobs and spurring economic development. We thank the Biden-Harris Administration for continuing to move these important projects forward and for sending a clear signal that offshore wind will play an important role in America’s energy transition.”

Empire Wind
Empire Wind is a 2.1 gigawatt (GW)offshore wind project that will bring renewable energy to New York, contributing to its  renewable energy development goals and potentially creating new opportunities for economic growth in New York.

Empire Wind encompasses two projects— Empire Wind 1 & 2— and will be developed in the ocean waters approximately 15-30 miles south of Long Island. When completed, Empire Wind’s 130+ total wind turbines will power according to the project developers, over 1 million New York homes. First power is expected in the mid-2020s. Empire Wind is part of a portfolio of offshore wind projects providing renewable energy to New York, including Equinor’s Beacon Wind 1. Empire Wind is owned by Empire Offshore Wind LLC, a joint venture between Equinor and bp. Equinor is the operating partner. The commercial lifespan of Empire Wind is expected to be 35 years.

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