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Construction begins on largest offshore wind hub in U.S. at South Brooklyn Marine Terminal

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 11/06/2024 New York State

New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams have announced the commencement of construction on the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT), set to become the largest dedicated offshore wind port in the United States.

This project is a significant milestone in New York's clean energy transition and aims to support the state's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) goal of developing 9,000 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power by 2035. The terminal will also generate over 1,000 construction jobs.

Governor Hochul highlighted the dual benefits of the project, emphasising its role in both fostering economic growth and promoting sustainability. “With the groundbreaking of South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, New York is fueling the redevelopment of the Brooklyn waterfront, bringing important investments to our communities, creating good-paying jobs, and building the model for the offshore wind industry that the rest of the nation can follow,” Hochul stated.

Mayor Adams echoed these sentiments, underscoring the project's importance for New York City's clean energy economy and its contribution to the city's climate goals. "This offshore wind project will significantly reduce our carbon footprint and ensure our city meets our climate goals of 100-percent clean electricity by 2040 and carbon neutrality by 2050," Adams said.

The 73-acre SBMT will serve as the operations and maintenance hub for Empire Wind 1, an offshore wind project expected to deliver 810 MW of renewable energy to New York, enough to power nearly 500,000 homes. The terminal will also house an onshore substation connecting this energy to the city's grid. Construction is slated for completion by the end of 2026.

Molly Morris, President of Equinor Wind US, praised the collaborative efforts that made the project possible, stating, “This construction will result in union jobs and local economic benefits while supporting a project that will deliver homegrown power to New Yorkers and position the state as a leader in the advancing offshore wind industry.”

NYSERDA President Doreen M. Harris and Empire State Development President Hope Knight also commended the initiative, highlighting its role in reducing reliance on fossil fuels and boosting New York’s economy.

The redevelopment of SBMT is part of a broader strategy to establish New York City as a leader in the offshore wind industry. A 2021 Offshore Wind Vision Plan, supported by a $191 million investment, aims to make New York a primary destination for this growing sector, potentially creating up to 13,000 jobs by 2035.

As New York continues to advance its climate goals, projects like the SBMT underscore the state's commitment to a sustainable future and the development of a green economy, setting a benchmark for the rest of the nation.

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