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Equinor Statement on BOEM’s Announcement of Upcoming Environmental Review of Beacon Wind

Molly Morris, President, Equinor Renewables Americas, issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) that it will be conducting an environmental review of the Beacon Wind project:

“We are pleased that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has announced its Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Equinor and bp’s Beacon Wind project. The NOI marks a significant milestone in Beacon Wind’s path towards regulatory approval. It also initiates a public review period that provides an important opportunity to gather feedback as the project progresses. Beacon Wind 1 will generate enough renewable energy to power more than one million New York homes and will also be a significant driver of economic development in the region. Beacon Wind 2 has the potential to power over a million additional U.S. homes once contracted. We will continue to closely engage with federal officials, state regulators, and a wide range of interested stakeholders as we work together to advance one of the largest offshore wind projects in the U.S.”


About Beacon Wind
Beacon Wind is being developed by Equinor and bp and is located more than 60 miles east of Montauk Point and 20 miles south of Nantucket and covers 128,000 acres. The lease was acquired in 2019 and has the potential to be developed with a total capacity of more than 2 GW. This first phase, Beacon Wind 1, is currently under development; it will have an installed capacity of 1,230 MW.

About Equinor

Equinor is one of the largest offshore wind developers in the world. Its work in the United States includes the development of two lease areas off New York, Empire Wind and Beacon Wind. The projects plan to provide New York State with 3.3 gigawatts (GWs) of energy—enough to power nearly two million homes—including more than 2 GWs from Empire Wind and 1,230 megawatts from Beacon Wind 1.  Equinor is also the winner of a lease area on the Outer Continental Shelf off California. The United States is an attractive growth market for Equinor, with an ambition to install 12-16 GW of renewables capacity globally by 2030.

For media inquiries, please contact:

  • Lauren Shane, Director of Communications, Equinor Renewables Americas
    +1 (917) 392 4252
  • Tibi Dean, Senior Communications Advisor, Equinor Renewables Americas

+1 (713) 231-8372

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