Equinor, the project developer, has provided the first visual simulation of what an offshore wind farm will look like from Jones Beach, showing the turbines visible at 15 miles from shore. The simulation is available on the federal government’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management website here as part of the company’s newly submitted construction-and-operation plan for the vast Empire Wind project.
Equinor has two contracts with the state of New York to produce approximately 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind electricity from a turbine field built on 80,000 acres off the coast of Long Island. By 2027, 174 turbines will be erected. Equinor has stated that the turbines will be more than 951 feet tall from the ground to the tip of the blades. The Chrysler Building in Manhattan, for example, is 1,046 feet tall.
Equinor plans also include locations for four prospective landing sites in Hempstead Town, where offshore cables connect to the Long Island and New York City electricity networks. According to the plan, the sites include two in Long Beach, including Riverside Boulevard and Monroe Boulevard, and two probable areas at Lido Beach Town Park.
According to the plan, the lines will eventually reach a LIPA substation in Oceanside. A second model of the turbines’ look from the New Jersey beach is available. Homeport Pier or Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island and the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Brooklyn, according to Equinor, could be used to stage the turbine building. The plan states that “Empire has not yet completed the selection of facilities.”
Starting June 30 at 5 p.m., public hearings on the project will be held virtually. See BOEM’s Empire Wind page for more information and to register to speak at the meetings. On July 8 at 5 p.m. and July 13 at 1 p.m., there will be additional online meetings.