By Editors of Power Engineering
Statoil’s offshore wind development near Long Island, New York now has a name – Empire Wind.
That name now covers the 79,350-acre site it leased from the federal government in December 2016. Statoil said that site could grow to up to 1 GW of generating capacity.
"The name Empire Wind captures the pivotal role that this important project will play in helping New York achieve its ambitious renewable energy goal," said Statoil's Empire wind project director Christer af Geijerstam. "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."
The company is still in the early stages of Empire Wind’s development, with site assessments and surveys scheduled to start in spring 2018. Statoil currently plans to start generating power there “as early as the mid-2020s.”
Empire Wind is one of the first offshore wind developments to emerge after New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called for the addition of 2.3 GW of offshore wind development. The governor’s Clean Energy Standard calls for 50 percent of New York’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030.
The first offshore project to come online near the state is likely to be from Deepwater Wind LLC, which plans to build 90 MW in 15 turbines by 2022.