The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has approved the 924MW Sunrise Wind offshore wind farm, the nation’s seventh commercial-scale offshore project.

Its developers, Danish energy company Ørsted and utility provider Eversource, have also taken a final investment decision on the project.

Ørsted group executive vice-president and Americas CEO David Hardy stated: “New York is already home to the trailblazing South Fork Wind project, and with Sunrise Wind we will build on that foundation, broadening the economic benefits of offshore wind while delivering far more clean renewable power.

“With the federal Record of Decision in hand and our final investment decision made, we can continue to create hundreds of local union jobs and stand up a vibrant supply chain. We thank the Biden Administration, our state partners and the congressional delegation for their continued leadership to advance this important project.”

Located 16.4 nautical miles (30km) south of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts and 30 miles east of Montauk in New York, Sunrise Wind will power 600,000 New York homes.

The project’s approval follows extensive consultations with government partners, stakeholders and the public.

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The BOEM approved an alternative layout for the project, with fewer turbines than initially proposed.

The adjustment accommodates the project’s geotechnical feasibility, reduces its impacts on marine life and aligns with the energy requirements of New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

US President Joe Biden’s national climate advisor, Ali Zaidi, stated: “Today’s offshore wind project approval, the seventh under President Biden’s leadership, continues a surge of momentum that the Biden-Harris administration is delivering for the American offshore wind industry and workers and communities across the country.”

Sunrise Wind will be operational by 2026, bringing a $700m investment to Suffolk County and creating 800 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs in New York State.

New York State and Sunrise Wind have a 25-year contract to supply clean energy and agreements in place for offshore wind renewable energy certificates from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

In early 2024, Ørsted agreed to purchase a 50% stake in Sunrise Wind from Eversource.