Construction is underway on New York’s first offshore wind project.
South Fork Wind is being jointly developed by Ørsted and Eversource, and is expected to come online in 2023.
The project positions New York to lead the nation in offshore wind development, according to Doreen M. Harris, president and CEO of the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). She said it would establish a robust supply chain for future projects.
“We are solidifying New York State’s clean energy vision,” Harris said.
New York’s goal is to develop 9 GW of offshore wind by 2035. In January, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that the state would invest $500 million to set up manufacturing and supply chain infrastructure for offshore wind.
South Fork Wind Farm is a 132 MW project to be sited 19 miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island. The project is approved to install 12 or fewer wind turbines and is expected to use Siemens-Gamesa’s 11 MW turbines. Kiewit Offshore Services won a contract to will design and build the project’s substation.