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Offshore Wind

We have been working to develop at least 4,000 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind development opportunity in the Northeast in partnership with Ørsted, the world’s leading developer of offshore wind.

In 2022 we underwent a strategic business review of our offshore wind assets, which ultimately resulted in a decision to divest from this area of our business.

Nevertheless, we remain supportive of the region’s offshore wind development through contracting for power on behalf of our customers and developing innovative transmission solutions to bring offshore wind and other clean energy resources to our customers.

We are proud of the significant progress we’ve made in partnership with Ørsted to deliver clean, renewable offshore wind energy to the Northeast.

As we move forward, we continue to look for opportunities to support the region in achieving its ambitious clean energy goals and will continue to play an important role in the transition to a clean energy future.

Our progress

  • The South Fork Wind Project, located off the coast of New York, broke ground in early 2022. It is expected to deliver power to the local electric grid by the end of 2023, generating approximately 130 MW of clean electricity, enough to power more than 70,000 homes. As the state’s first offshore wind project, South Fork is also demonstrating the enormous potential for offshore wind projects to create jobs and forge a new U.S.-based supply chain that is already spreading economic benefits to communities across the nation.
  • The Sunrise Wind Project has achieved important state and federal permitting milestones throughout the past year, and when complete will deliver 924 MW of offshore wind energy to power nearly 600,000 New York homes.
  • Revolution Wind is advancing through the permitting process and is expected to provide 704 MW of offshore wind power serving Connecticut and Rhode Island, enough to power more than 350,000 homes.

Together, this portfolio will provide enough energy to power more than one million American homes.

Economic and social benefits

Our offshore wind projects have provided significant economic and social benefits to local communities including creating hundreds of jobs; supporting inclusive workforce training, education and research initiatives; and delivering significant investments in port development.

New London, Connecticut State Pier

A depiction of the  State Pier project in New London, Connecticut

Along with our partner Ørsted, we have helped transform State Pier in New London into a state-of-the-art, heavy-lift marine terminal able to serve Connecticut with a broad range of industries, cargo types, and vessels benefiting the state and local economy for decades yet to come.

Already, the state is reaping the rewards of this essential project, with hundreds of workers on site on any given day, including the state’s building trades, with even more jobs expected in the coming months. When complete, State Pier will put Connecticut back on the map as the epicenter of the region’s maritime economy. 

Protecting marine wildlife and habitat

A display in the aquarium about offshore wind

Eversource and Ørsted are partnered with the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut to study the relationship between offshore wind and marine wildlife. This study will allow aquarium scientists to investigate the presence and long-term phycological response of sea turtles and marine mammals before and after the construction of the three offshore wind farms.

We've also entered into an agreement with the National Wildlife Federation, Natural Recourses Defense Counsel and the Conservation Law Foundation to further enhance protections for North Atlantic right whales. 

This partnership demonstrates Eversource's commitment to developing offshore wind in the most thoughtful way possible, and to mitigate potential impacts to marine wildlife and habitat.

Our 2022 Sustainability Report

See highlights from other sustainability areas or download the full PDF report for detailed data, graphs and more.

Read the report