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Offshore wind farm approved to connect to New York’s grid

The East Coast US move towards offshore wind as a major source of its energy has taken a further step, with energy firm Equinor announcing last week the first Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval for an offshore wind project to connect directly into the New York City transmission system.

FERC approved the Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) executed between the company’s Empire Wind 1 project, New York ISO (NYISO) and Consolidated Edison Co on March 1st, Equinor said.

FERC’s clearance means that the 810 MW of electricity from Empire Wind 1 offshore wind project can be connected to the New York City electrical grid at Con Edison’s Gowanus substation via the Sunset Park Onshore Substation at South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT).

Empire Wind is looking to transform the 73-acre SBMT into a major offshore wind industry assembly facility and operations and maintenance base. It will eventually support the assembly of offshore wind turbine components. It will also host the onshore substation for Empire Wind 1 and provide onshore power and charging for the Empire Wind Service Operations Vessel (SOV), the first plug-in hybrid vessel for the US offshore wind industry.