Work begins on a wind farm off the south coast of New England


WAINSCOTT, NY (AP) — Construction has begun on a wind project with turbines off the coasts of New York and Rhode Island that is expected to generate enough electricity for about 70,000 homes, officials said Friday.

The South Fork Wind project, which received key approval from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last month, will include 12 turbines and connect to Long Island’s power grid. It is the second commercial-scale offshore wind energy project to be approved in the United States and is expected to begin operating in late 2023.

Danish energy company Orsted is developing the project with utility Eversource.


Construction begins on land with work related to the installation of the underground transmission cable that will connect the turbines to the grid. Offshore work is expected to start next year.

“South Fork Wind will eliminate up to six million tons of carbon emissions over the next twenty-five years, benefiting not just the Empire State, but our nation as a whole,” the governor said. New York, Kathy Hochul, in a statement after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and other officials.

The 130 megawatt project will be located in federal waters approximately 30 kilometers southeast of Block Island and 56 kilometers east of Montauk Point on the east end of Long Island.

New York aims to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2035 as part of its long-term plan to dramatically reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions.

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