The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved the Construction and Operations Plan for Equinor's Empire Wind project, marking another significant milestone in advancing an important New York offshore wind project that will help deliver on both state and federal renewable energy ambitions. With this key permitting action by BOEM secured, Empire Wind is on track to begin construction in its federal lease area off the southern coast of Long Island later this year. Already well advanced in planning and development, Empire Wind 1 could deliver first power to New Yorkers by 2026.

In addition, construction to transform the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal into a major hub for offshore wind could begin as early as this spring. First submitted in 2020, the Empire Wind COP authorizes detailed plans for offshore and onshore construction and operations based on years of environmental reviews, input from outside experts, and extensive public feedback. BOEM's announcement follows the November 2023 approval of Empire Wind's federal Record of Decision.

Empire Wind has recently received several federal approvals. Last week, it received its Clean Air Act permit from the Environmental Protection Agency. Earlier this week, it received its approval from the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Empire Wind 1 is currently bidding into New York's fourth offshore wind solicitation.