Sunrise Wind is helping New York build a new industry

(Ad) Sunrise is the moment when the sun appears on the horizon every morning and gives us a new day, a new dawn, a new beginning. In this moment we find optimism, hope and rejuvenation.

With this sense of renewal and a fresh start, we envision a world powered entirely by green energy. That’s why Ørsted, the world leader in offshore wind power, and Eversource, the largest utility in the Northeast, have teamed up to build Sunrise Wind off the coast of New York.

Together they are building an equitable offshore wind energy industry in New York and bringing long-term benefits to the state. The project will result in the revitalization of ports, the revitalization of old industries, the creation of new industries, thousands of well-paying union jobs, cleaner air for neighborhoods most impacted by climate pollution, and wider access to clean energy.

When commissioned in 2025, this project 30 miles east of Montauk Point on Long Island has the capacity to generate 924 MW of offshore wind power, enough to power nearly 600,000 homes.

We live in these houses. They house our families and colleagues. Approximately 800 of these homes are filled with people who will work directly to build Sunrise Wind, and thousands more will benefit from the work to make the project a success.

These are New Yorkers like IBEW electrical apprentice Mary Linn Gil. She is a single mother of Mexican descent raising her six-year-old son in the Bronx. Mary Linn joined her union, Local 3, in 2019 through a program aimed at getting more women into the profession. Today her career gives her the income and stability she needs to support her family.

Mary Linn’s story is the kind of inspiration that led to the historic partnership between Ørsted and the North American Building Union agreement. This pioneering partnership established a model for labor-management collaboration and workforce development to ensure that the clean energy transition in the United States in general, and New York in particular, is built with unionization by locally trained workers.

Building the clean energy industry is not only about reducing pollution and cleaning the air, but also about empowering the frontline communities who are bearing the brunt of climate pollution and ensuring that everyone, regardless of background, has the opportunity to build wealth and enjoy the benefits offshore wind can offer.

That means the reach of offshore wind projects in the United States — including South Fork Wind, New York’s first wind farm, due to be operational by the end of 2023, and Block Island Wind Farm, the country’s wind farm first Wind Farm – goes well beyond powering our communities.