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Eversource Onboard With Offshore Wind Projects

Eversource is expanding its sources of power to include wind. 

And a long-term project for the Connecticut-centered utility company is expanding its customer base to include New Yorkers.

On July 18, New York state selected Sunrise Wind, a joint venture of Eversource and Orsted to negotiate an Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificate agreement for an 880 megawatt wind farm in Long Island Sound. Part of a related supply agreement includes providing electricity to customers in Connecticut.

This Sunrise project -- along with two other regional wind projects --  represents the largest commitment to offshore wind in the United States.

The Sunrise project is expected to create about 800 jobs through the project’s development, construction and operation and will supply more than half a million New York homes with offshore wind power.

“Sunrise Wind will bring renewable energy and new economic development to New York,” said Lee Olivier, executive vice president of Enterprise Energy Strategy at Eversource.

The offshore wind turbines for Sunrise Wind will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa who have signed a conditional contract to cover Ørsted and Eversource’s Northeast project portfolio totaling about 1.7 gigawatts of power.

The projects Sunrise Wind (880 megawatts into New York), Revolution Wind (704 megawatts into Connecticut and Rhode Island) and South Fork Wind Farm (130 megawatts into Long Island), will be covered under the supply agreement.

Sunrise Wind will be developed 30 miles east of Montauk Point, Long Island, adjacent to Eversource and Ørsted’s South Fork Wind Farm and Revolution Wind projects. 

Subject to contract signing and Ørsted and Eversource’s final investment decisions, the wind farm is expected to be operational in 2024.

Eversource already transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas and supplies water to about 4 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire -- and employs more than 8,000 workers.