Danish energy giant Orsted, the world's leading offshore wind company, announced on Thursday that its South Fork offshore wind farm has reached the halfway point in construction, with more than half of its 12 turbines now successfully deployed. In a statement, the company revealed that six turbines are already commissioned and actively supplying power to the Long Island grid, while the seventh turbine has been installed, with components for the eighth turbine set for installation.
The South Fork offshore wind project assumes a pivotal role in New York's ambitious strategy to slash carbon emissions, aiming to procure 70% of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030. This initiative is in line with President Joe Biden's broader plan to decarbonize the U.S. power grid and combat climate change through the expansion of clean energy infrastructure.
As part of these efforts, New York state initiated a new offshore wind solicitation in November, with the objective of supporting the development of 9,000 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind by 2035. This substantial capacity is anticipated to provide energy for up to six million homes, contributing significantly to the state's renewable energy goals.
Orsted's progress in reaching the midway point of construction marks a significant step forward in the realization of offshore wind power as a key component of the state and the nation's clean energy transition.