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Clean Air Act Permit Approved for Empire Wind

Empire Wind receives key federal permit from EPA

On Thursday February 15, 2024, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the issuance of the Clean Air Act permit for the Empire Wind project. Below is a statement from Scott Lundin, Vice President Permitting, Community and Environmental Affairs at Equinor – Americas: 

“The Clean Air Act permit from the Environmental Protection Agency is one of the final federal milestones needed to move our project forward. Empire Wind is ready to help achieve significant state and federal climate goals. This environmental permit marks another important step and provides a major energy project with the ability to provide a substantial source of renewable energy to population centers in New York that need it most.”  

Picture of Scott Lundin Vice President of Permitting, Community and Environmental Affairs, Equinor Renewables Americas which is developing the Empire Wind Project
Scott Lundin, VP Permitting, Community and Environmental Affairs, Equinor Renewables Americas  

About Empire Wind  

Empire Wind is being developed by Equinor, a leading energy company with more than 20 years of experience with offshore wind and an already strong offshore wind portfolio with assets in key markets including the UK, Poland, Germany and South Korea. Empire Wind 1 has submitted a proposal into the NY4 solicitation. As a flagship project in the U.S., Empire Wind will help boost economic activity, build supply chains and create well-paid union jobs in the New York communities the project will serve. 

Empire Wind is located 15-30 miles southeast of Long Island and spans 80,000 acres, with water depths of between approximately 75 and 135 feet. The lease was acquired in 2017. The project’s two phases, Empire Wind 1 and 2, have a potential capacity of more than 2 GW (810 + 1,260 MW), enough to power over 1 million New York homes.  

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