Governor Hochul Announces Start of Construction on New York’s First Offshore Wind Project
Ørsted Offshore North America CEO David Hardy said: “With the start of construction on New York’s first offshore wind farm, we continue to deliver on our vision for a new American energy industry that will generate clean energy, jobs and economic opportunity. I am grateful to the many champions who have supported South Fork Wind in bringing us to this critical moment, and for the leadership and commitment of the Biden administration and New York to the offshore wind industry.”
Eversource Energy Chairman and CEO Joe Nolan said: “Today we are making history by celebrating the start of construction of New York’s first offshore wind farm. As local experts in regional power transmission, we have paved the way for countless development projects. infrastructure, but today we commemorate something entirely new and different. For the first time ever, we will leverage our expertise to harness the vast untapped potential of offshore wind.”
Marty, Chairman of the Nassau Suffolk Building and Construction Trades Council Aracitch noted, “The start of the construction phase of Offshore Wind marks a new era in achieving New York State’s goal of significantly reducing emissions. Skilled trades have a role to play by placing shovels in the ground as they implement the final leg of this relay race and position NYS reign supreme along the East Coast in the fight against climate change. Governor Hochul’s vision and commitment shared with NYSERDA strengthens the alliance Orsted/Eversource and North American building trades unions. New York State remains focused on providing opportunities that will create a local workforce leading to a brighter, cleaner future for generations to come. Many thanks to the Governor HochulHome Secretary Deb Harland, Amanda Left onDoreen Harris and our partners in the Labor Party for providing leadership and a moral compass guiding the earth on a path to healing itself.”
Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO President John R. Durso noted, “This is a victory for Long Island and all New Yorkers. This is not only a critical step forward in the fight against climate change, but it means jobs and new, clean energy resources on Long Island, where they are most needed.After many years of hard work in planning and developing by Ørsted and Eversourcewith the support of union and community allies, we are achieving the success we have all been waiting for. »
South Fork Wind will be built under industry-leading project collective bargaining agreements and specific partnerships with local labor organizations, ensuring local labor participation in all phases of project construction. Onshore construction activities for the project’s underground conduit network and interconnection facility are the first to begin and will utilize construction labor from local union employment offices. Ørsted and Eversource achieves these provisions and protections by working closely with a range of external organizations and experts, a commitment the companies bring to all stakeholder relationships to support coexistence.
Long Island based entrepreneur Haugland Energy Group LLC (subsidiary of Haugland Group LLC) was selected to install the conduit bank system for the project’s underground terrestrial transmission line and lead the construction of the terrestrial interconnection facility located in East Hampton. This agreement will create more than 100 unionized jobs for skilled workers on Long Island, including heavy equipment operators, electricians, linemen, and local delivery drivers who will take charge of transporting the materials to the project site. The fabrication of the project’s offshore substation is already underway.
New York State has five offshore wind projects under active development, the largest portfolio in the country. This current portfolio totals more than 4,300 megawatts and will power more than 2.4 million New York homes, and is expected to bring a combined economic impact of $12.1 billion to the state. The projects are also expected to create more than 6,800 jobs in project development, component manufacturing, installation, operation and maintenance. Reaching the state’s 9,000 megawatt goal by 2035 will generate enough offshore wind energy to power about 30% of New York State’s electricity needs, or the equivalent of nearly 6 million homes in New York State, and will boost approximately 10,000 jobs.
New York State National Climate Plan
New York State’s premier climate program is the nation’s most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues to drive a healthy economy. green as New York State recovers from the covid-19 pandemic. Enshrined in law by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on track to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70% power generation renewable energy by 2030, and achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York’s unprecedented investments to develop clean energy, including more than $33 billion in 102 large-scale renewable energy and transmission projects across the state, $6.8 billion in dollars to reduce emissions from buildings, $1.8 billion to expand solar power, more than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and more than $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments . Together, these investments support nearly 158,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector in 2020, 2,100% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011, and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind power from ‘by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring that that at least 35%, with a target of 40%, of the benefits of clean energy investments be directed to disadvantaged communities, and advancing progress towards the State 2025 Energy Efficiency Goal of reducing energy consumption on-site energy of 185 trillion BTUs energy savings in end use.