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New York approves major offshore wind project

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 17/05/2024 Governor NY

Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that the New York State Public Service Commission has given its final approval to Empire Offshore Wind, LLC, paving the way for the construction of an 810MW offshore wind farm. This significant project will create hundreds of construction jobs and stimulate statewide economic development, aligning with the State’s goal to generate 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2035 under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act).

"Offshore wind is a crucial element in our fight against climate change," Governor Hochul stated. "Today's decision moves us closer to a zero-emissions electric grid, offering long-term benefits to all New Yorkers."

The project, known as Empire Wind 1, will involve installing transmission facilities, including two 230-kilovolt (kV) submarine cables extending to Brooklyn, a short onshore cable route, and an onshore substation at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. The power generated will connect to the New York City grid through Consolidated Edison’s Gowanus substation.

Public Service Commission Chair Rory M. Christian emphasized the project’s alignment with the State’s renewable energy goals. "Our decision today provides the last remaining approval before construction can begin," he said.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President and CEO Doreen M. Harris highlighted the project's economic and environmental benefits. "This milestone brings Empire Wind I closer to delivering clean, renewable energy while fostering new jobs and economic growth," she said.

Support for the project also came from various leaders, including New York Offshore Wind Alliance Director Fred Zalcman and New York League of Conservation Voters President Julie Tighe, who praised the approval as a critical step towards advancing the state’s renewable energy infrastructure.

Construction is expected to commence in early May to meet the scheduled commercial operation date in 2027. The project represents a major stride in New York’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, promising a sustainable future for the state.

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