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New York awarded two offshore wind energy projects totalling almost 1.7 gigawatts (GW). The winning bidders were Sunrise Winds for 880 MW and Equinor for 816 MW.

According to New York Governor Andrew, the two projects will have a combined total economic activity of $3.2 billion and both developers committed to improving the state’s port and manufacturing infrastructure. He also said that the state government has awarded around 4.7 GW of renewable energy procurement contracts since March 2018. He is also getting closer to his goal of having 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2035.

Norway-based Equinor will negotiate for offshore wind renewable energy certificates (ORECs from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Sunrise Wind has signed a memorandum of understanding with the New York Power Authority and Con Edison for the development of transmission facilities that will bring wind energy from its offshore project to the grid.