US Approves Orsted’s Sunrise Wind Offshore Wind Farm to Power New York Homes

A view of the turbines at Orsted’s offshore wind farm near Nysted, Denmark, September 4, 2023. REUTERS/Tom Little/File Photo

The Biden administration on Tuesday gave final approval to Orsted and Eversource’s Sunrise Wind offshore wind facility, which is expected to provide power to more than 320,000 homes in New York.

The announcement was the latest positive development for the project, which Denmark’s Orsted warned just months ago could fail without a new contract that would cover soaring costs for equipment and financing.

Orsted and Eversource said separately that they had taken a final investment decision on the project in conjunction with the federal approval and would begin onshore construction.

Sunrise Wind is the seventh offshore wind project approval by President Joe Biden’s Interior Department, which has a goal of permitting 30 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030 as part of the president’s climate change agenda.

Sunrise Wind, which is expected to be the nation’s largest offshore wind project once it is completed in 2026, was awarded a conditional contract by New York state officials last month under a program meant to support the embattled industry.

In a statement, the Interior Department said the project would have a total capacity of 924 megawatts. It will create about 800 jobs during construction and 300 during operations. 03-26-24

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