The developers of four US offshore wind projects totalling over 4.5 GW have submitted bids in the third solicitation round held by the state of New York (United States). The four projects are seeking offshore wind power contracts from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Two of the projects, the 924 MW Sunrise Wind and the 130 MW South Fork projects are being developed by the Danish energy company Ørsted and the US’ Eversource. They are expected to become operational in 2025 and 2023 respectively. Invenergy and energyRe are developing the up to 2,100 MW Leading Light Wind project, while the 1,360 MW Beacon Wind project is being developed by Equinor and BP. Altogether, these projects will have the capacity to power 2.8 million New York households.
The state of New York has set a target to instal 9 GW of offshore wind by 2035. The state also aims to generate 70% of its power from renewable sources by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2040. At the federal level, the United States target 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 and 15 GW of floating offshore wind capacity by 2035 (only 42 MW were operational at the end of 2021).