New York Sign Record Offshore Deal

CLPCA to Aid Wider Renewable Rollout

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has executed the largest offshore wind agreement in the U.S. as part of a Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, or CLCPA, which is expected to spur widespread breakbulk opportunities.

The agreement will usher in almost 1.7 gigawatts of new offshore wind power projects and is expected to generate US$3.2 billion in economic activity.

“Climate change is an undeniable scientific fact. But cries for a new green movement are hollow political rhetoric if not combined with aggressive goals and a realistic plan on how to achieve them. With this agreement, New York will lead the way in developing the largest source of offshore wind power in the nation,” Cuomo said.

Empire, Sunrise Projects Approved

As part of the agreement, Cuomo announced the winners of New York's first comprehensive offshore wind solicitation, approving plans for the 816-megawatt Empire Wind and 880-megawatt Sunrise Wind projects. The larger of these is to be built by Danish developer Ørsted, with constructiojn scheduled to begin in 2022 and commercial operation set to start in 2024.

"We are thrilled that the Sunrise Wind project has been selected in New York's inaugural offshore wind solicitation, and we want to thank Governor Cuomo's administration and NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) for the thorough and thoughtful evaluation of our proposal,” said Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind.

The new projects bring the total capacity of large-scale renewable energy projects awarded by New York state to about 4.7 gigawatts.

CLCPA Drives 9GW Capacity

The new CLCPA regulation has been hailed as “the most ambitious and comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation” in the country, and in is predicted to mandate as much as 9 gigawatts of new renewable capacity in New York state by 2035.

 "New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act sets the gold standard for state-led action on climate. To achieve the state's nation-leading goals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ramp up renewable energy sources, New York must tap into our state's offshore wind energy potential,” said Basil Seggos, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner.