© 2024 WSHU
NPR News & Classical Music
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
89.9 FM is currently running on reduced power. 89.9 HD1 and HD2 are off the air. While we work to fix the issue, we recommend downloading the WSHU app.

Biden administration approves Empire Wind project, off Long Island’s south shore


Empire Wind plans to develop two offshore wind facilities, one about 12 nautical miles south of Long Island and the other about 17 nautical miles east of Long Branch, New Jersey. This area is known as the New York Bight.

Together, these facilities would have up to 147 wind turbines and could generate enough power to provide more than 700,000 homes with electricity.

The project also plans to employ over 830 union labor jobs during the construction of the project, and around 300 jobs to operate the wind farms.

The Biden administration's clean energy goal is to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. These projects will generate a total capacity of two gigawatts.

Bill Rodrigues is a graduate intern at WSHU.