Norwegian energy company Statoil will build its Empire Wind project off the southern coast of Long Island, New York. The 79,350 acre site, secured by Statoil in a federal auction in December 2016, has the potential to generate up to 1GW of offshore wind power, making it a key part of New York State's plan to deploy renewable energy sources to meet the state's electricity needs.
Statoil has launched a website for the project at www.empirewind.com where members of the public can obtain information and register to receive updates.
"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.
The company is in the early stages of developing the offshore wind farm with the potential to provide New York City and Long Island with a significant source of renewable electricity. New York's Clean Energy Standard mandates an increase in the share of renewables in its energy mix to 50 percent by 2030. As part of that effort, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently called for the development of up to 2.4 GW of offshore wind power by 2030.
"Statoil looks forward to working with all stakeholders as we move forward with the job of bringing offshore wind energy to New York," said Geijerstam of Statoil. "
Statoil currently has seven offshore wind projects online or under development in Europe, including the world's first floating offshore wind project in Scotland—a technology which could prove pivotal in generating offshore wind power for the U.S. west coast and Hawaii