A new offshore wind hub will be built at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal complex, according to Renews.
The agreement: “Under the agreement, the New York terminal will be transformed into a new port facility capable of staging and assembling offshore components for the partnership’s Empire Wind and Beacon Wind projects as well as other wind farms on the East Coast.”
The impact: The project represents a total investment of around $198 million to $246 million in infrastructure upgrades, and the project is predicted to support 1,000 jobs annually in the New York City area.
Why it matters: Offshore wind projects on the East Coast have long been stalled and could present a growth in renewables in the U.S. and abroad. According to Equinor, this project will be the only industrial waterfront site in the New York City area with the capacity to stage and assemble wind turbines at the scale required by manufacturers.
What the companies are saying: Equinor President of U.S. Wind Siri Espedal Kindem said, “This agreement marks a major step forward in our commitment to New York state to both provide renewable power and to spark fresh economic activity, while creating enduring jobs.” BP Senior Vice President for Zero Carbon Energy Felipe Arbelaez said, “ As we reinvent energy, we also want to help reinvent the communities that help deliver it by investing in the skills and capabilities needed. By creating this regional hub, we are able to do just that.”
What we’re saying: “This is yet another example of manufacturers bringing cutting-edge technologies to market, diversifying our energy options and building a stronger future. Reducing our carbon footprint while reinvesting in our communities has long been an NAM priority,” said NAM Director of Energy and Resources Policy Chris Morris. “We will continue working with policymakers to ensure that we prioritize the incredible work being done by manufacturers across the country and around the globe to deliver a mix of reliable, affordable energy options.”