Norwegian company Statoil has named a renewable wind energy project off the New York coast ‘Empire Wind’.
Located south of Long Beach Island and east of the Rockaways, the project is said to have the potential to generate up to 1GW of offshore windpower. It is part of the New York State’s plan to utilise renewable energy sources to cater to its domestic electricity needs.
Statoil secured the 79,350 acre site in an auction conducted by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) last year and signed a commercial lease in March this year.
In an early stage of development, the offshore windfarm is expected to serve as a long-term source of renewable electricity for New York City and Long Island.
Statoil Empire Wind project director Christer af Geijerstam said: “The name Empire Wind captures the pivotal role that this important project will play in helping New York achieve its ambitious renewable energy goal.
“Empire Wind also speaks to the leading role that New York State is taking in advancing the deployment of offshore wind technology in North America.”
An evaluation process is currently underway to collect information regarding the seabed conditions, grid connection options, and wind resources characteristic to the area.
Last year, New York adopted a Clean Energy Standard (CES) that requires utilities to procure 50% of the state’s electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.