Two offshore wind developers announced this week that they have submitted bid proposals to New York State for new wind farms in the ocean southeast of Block Island that, if selected by the state, would pump electricity to Long Island.
The Norwegian energy corporation Equinor and Ørsted US Offshore each submitted multi-faceted bids to the state this week proposing new wind farms in what is known as the Massachusetts wind energy area, south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket — the same general area of the ocean where the South Fork Wind Farm and Sunrise Wind projects, both Ørsted projects slated to deliver power to Long Island, are to be built.
Neither company has released any details about its proposal, since they will be part of competitive bidding by several companies, other than their general location and they would bring the power they generate to Long Island and that both proposal include major investments in new port facilities in the state.
Equinor has already proposed a major new port in Brooklyn as part of its Empire Wind project and Østed has said it will invest millions in port facilities in Port Jefferson as the base for its New England and Long Island projects.
Both companies own the leases to vast swaths of the ocean floor in the wind energy area — thousands of square miles divided into seven different lease areas. There are already five wind farms — including South Fork and Sunrise Wind — likely totaling more than 300 turbines, that have won bids for power supply contracts with New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
A spokesperson for Ørsted and its New England development partner, Eversource, said that the new bid to New York is being called Sunrise Wind 2. The spokesperson, Meaghan Whims, said that the latest project would deliver power to Long Island through a different on-shore conduit than has been proposed for the project now being called Sunrise Wind 1, which is due to come ashore at Smith Point Beach, near the southern terminus of the William Floyd Parkway in Brookhaven.
When Sunrise Wind was first proposed, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said that he was told by Ørsted representatives that a landing site in Hampton Bays was being considered as one of the options.
Equinor and Ørsted were the winners of New York’s first round of wind farm solicitations, each being awarded contracts to deliver about 800 megawatts of power. The latest solicitation requests proposals for a total of 2,500 megawatts of electricity — enough to power about 900,000 homes. Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that the state plans to procure some 9,000 megawatts off offshore wind-generated electricity by 2030.