Ørsted US Offshore Wind

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Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind
IndustryRenewable Energy Solutions
Area served
East Coast of the United States
ProductsOffshore wind power
Number of employees
150 (2019)

Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind is an offshore wind energy development group that is affiliated with Ørsted, a Danish firm. It is joint headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island.[2][3] As of 2019, it was involved in some of the largest offshore wind farm projects in the United States.

Deepwater Wind[edit]

Deepwater Wind
IndustryRenewable Energy Solutions
Area served
United States
ProductsWind turbines

Incorporated as Deepwater Wind, LLC of Providence, Rhode Island, the company's major investors include First Wind, a developer of land-based wind projects in the United States; D.E. Shaw & Co., a capital investment firm with energy sector experience; and Ospraie Management, an asset management firm interested in alternative energy markets.[4][5] It was acquired by Ørsted in 2019.[6][7][8]

In November 2017, Deepwater Wind pledged to fund a $1 million commitment towards the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) and the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute (MFI). The funding went towards Blue Economy Initiative, a project led by SMAST and the MFI in order to conduct thorough research on the relations between wild fisheries and offshore wind development, with a focus on commercial fishing activities, over a five-year period.[9]

Block Island Wind Farm[edit]

The concept was set forth in a plan offered by then Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri in 2006. The aim of the Carcieri plan was to develop large-scale offshore wind projects in the south-eastern New England region of the United States, and in the State of Rhode Island, in a bid to diversify Rhode Island's power supply with renewable energy sources. In June 2007, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources determined ten sites in the region of ocean within the boundaries of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.[10]

On September 25, 2008, Governor Carcieri announced that Deepwater Wind was chosen as the successful developer to construct both a test site and the finalized plan for the wind power project - the Block Island Wind Farm - off New Shoreham. The ocean facility is planned to provide 1.3 million megawatt hours per year of renewable energy at its completion — 15 percent of all electricity used in the state.[4][5]

In 2009, Deepwater signed an agreement with National Grid to sell the power from the $200-million USD, 30-MW wind farm off Block Island, at an initial price of 24.4 ¢ USD/kW·h.[11]

Block Island Wind Farm was commissioned in December 2016.


Wind farm Capacity
Offshore BOEM wind energy lease area coordinates Developer/Utility Turbines States Regulatory agency Refs
Ocean Wind 1,100MW Offshore New Jersey
OCS-A 0498
(NJWEA South)[12]
13 nautical miles-15 miles (24 km) east of Atlantic City (NJ)[13] 160,480 acres (64,940 ha) 39°21′58″N 74°24′51″W / 39.366111°N 74.414167°W / 39.366111; -74.414167 Ørsted
90 GE Wind Energy|
Haliade-X 12 MW
NJ NJBPU [14][15][16][17][18]
Sunrise Wind 880MW Offshore Massachusetts & Rhode Island
OCS-A 0486 (North Lease Area)[19]
26 nautical miles-30 miles (48 km) east of Montauk Point, Long Island (NY) & 16.6 nautical miles-19 miles (31 km) southeast of Block Island (RI) 97,498 acres (39,456 ha) Ørsted
Con Ed Transmission
New York Power Authority
Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 NY NYSERDA [20][21][22]
Revolution Wind 700MW Offshore Rhode Island
OCS-A 0486 (North Lease Area)[19]
halfway between Montauk Point (NY) & Martha’s Vineyard (MA) 97,498 acres (39,456 ha) Ørsted
National Grid
United Illuminating
Siemens Gamesa 8MW SG 8.0-167 RI
Connecticut DEEP
Rhode Island PUC
South Fork 130MW Massachusetts & Rhode Island
OCS-A 0486 (North Lease Area)[19][25]
26 nautical miles-30 miles (48 km) southeast of Montauk Point, Long Island (NY) & 16.6 nautical miles-19 miles (31 km) southeast of Block Island (RI) 97,498 acres (39,456 ha) Ørsted
Long Island Power Authority
8 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 NY NYSERDA [26][27][28][22]
Skipjack 120MW Offshore Delaware
OCS-A 0519[29]
16.9 nautical miles-19.5 miles (31.4 km) from Maryland coast and Delaware state line 26,332 acres (10,656 ha)[30] Ørsted 10 12MW GE Haliade-X MD Maryland PSC [31][32][33]


VOWTAP in (Virginia) Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project (Virginia) – A small project consisting of two wind turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach, generating a combined total of 12MW, built for Dominion Energy. Potential for expansion of up to 2,000MW.[34][35][36] Bluewater Wind and Ørsted US Offshore Wind are participating.[37] Construction began in May 2020.[38]

BOEM leases[edit]

Ørsted also has BOEM leases offshore Massachusetts and Delaware/New Jersey:

  • Bay State Wind: Approx. 2GW offshore wind site off the coast of Massachusetts in conjunctions with Eversource Energy
  • Garden State Offshore Energy: An up to 1.2GW offshore wind site off the coasts of Delaware and New Jersey. Owned in a 50-50 joint venture with PSEG.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b https://www.bloomberg.com/profile/company/1557485D:US
  2. ^ https://orsted.com/en/Company-Announcement-List/2019/07/1884851
  3. ^ https://us.orsted.com/Wind-projects
  4. ^ a b "FindArticles.com - CBSi".
  5. ^ a b "Rhode Island Chooses Deepwater Wind to Build Off-Shore Wind Farm".
  6. ^ "Ørsted acquires Deepwater Wind and creates leading US offshore wind platform". orsted.com. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  7. ^ https://www.4coffshore.com/news/%C3%B8rsted-finalises-deepwater-wind-buy-nid8787.html
  8. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/08/business/energy-environment/orsted-deepwater-wind-energy.html?searchResultPosition=1
  9. ^ "Deepwater Wind Pledges $1M Seed Funding for New Blue Economy Initiative at University of Massachusetts". University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  10. ^ "Rhode Island Governor Carcieri Names Deepwater Wind as Developer for Rhode Island's Off-Shore Wind Farm - Business Wire".
  11. ^ Turkel, Tux (January 3, 2010). "Offshore wind power: Can Maine afford it?". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 2010-01-08.[dead link]
  12. ^ "Commercial Wind Leasing Offshore New Jersey | Bureau of Ocean Energy Management".
  13. ^ https://www.boem.gov/sites/default/files/renewable-energy-program/State-Activities/NJ/NJ-LEASE-FORM-OCS-A-0498.pdf
  14. ^ "Ocean Wind - Offshore Wind Farm Project | 4C Offshore". www.4coffshore.com.
  15. ^ Warren, Michael Sol (June 21, 2019). "N.J. just gave the green light to build the nation's largest offshore wind farm". nj.
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  17. ^ "NJ OKs biggest US wind farm off Jersey Shore; will power 500K homes". Asbury Park Press.
  18. ^ "PSEG Looks to Become Active Player in Offshore Wind Development". NJ Spotlight. October 30, 2019.
  19. ^ a b c "Commercial Wind Leasing Offshore Rhode Island And Massachusetts | Bureau of Ocean Energy Management".
  20. ^ "Sunrise Wind - Offshore Wind Farm Project | 4C Offshore". www.4coffshore.com.
  21. ^ "Map Library". NYSERDA.
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  25. ^ https://www.boem.gov/sites/default/files/uploadedImages/BOEM/Renewable_Energy_Program/State_Activities/NY/DW_South_Fork_Area_Map_10_16_2018.jpg
  26. ^ "South Fork - Offshore Wind Farm Project | 4C Offshore". www.4coffshore.com.
  27. ^ Cardwell, Diane (January 25, 2017). "Nation's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Will Be Built Off Long Island" – via NYTimes.com.
  28. ^ https://www.lipower.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/LIPA-First-Offshore-Wind-Farm-Doc-V19_102819-FINAL.pdf
  29. ^ "Delaware Activities | Bureau of Ocean Energy Management".
  30. ^ https://www.boem.gov/sites/default/files/uploadedImages/BOEM/Renewable_Energy_Program/State_Activities/de_web_graphic(1).jpg
  31. ^ "Skipjack - Offshore Wind Farm Project | 4C Offshore". www.4coffshore.com.
  32. ^ Rentsch, Julia. "Taller, more distant turbines put Ocean City offshore wind projects back under state review". Delmarva Daily Times.
  33. ^ "Maryland PSC Gives Go-Ahead to US Wind, Deepwater Wind Projects". Offshore Wind. May 11, 2017.
  34. ^ Geuss, Megan (13 July 2017). "Virginia utility agrees to install two offshore wind turbines for study". Ars Technica. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  35. ^ "Dominion Awarded $47 Million by DOE for Offshore Wind Turbine Demonstration Project". mediaroom.com. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  36. ^ "Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind | Dominion Energy".
  37. ^ "Blue Water wins four projects".
  38. ^ "'Hats off to the team': steel in water at first US federal water wind farm | Recharge". Recharge news. 28 May 2020. Archived from the original on 7 June 2020.

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