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Washington D.C. — Today, the South Fork Wind project began generating clean, offshore wind power. Turn Forward celebrates this momentous occasion, and those who made it possible: hundreds of offshore wind workers, as well as community, state, and federal leaders who brought this utility-scale offshore wind project in federal waters to fruition. South Fork Wind is just the beginning of offshore wind in New York, as this and other projects will ensure New Yorkers can benefit from clean, reliable offshore wind energy and the transformational economic benefits of offshore wind.

“The generation of power from South Fork Wind is an incredible moment in the American clean energy story and for the Long Island communities that will benefit from this project for decades to come,” said Stephanie McClellan, Executive Director at Turn Forward. “The project will soon power tens of thousands of homes and businesses with clean, reliable, domestically-produced energy. South Fork Wind alone is creating hundreds of good-paying jobs and delivering tens of millions of dollars into state and local economies — and this is just the beginning of what offshore wind can do. As one of the U.S.’s first utility-scale projects, South Fork Wind is generating critical investments in infrastructure and the supply chain and creating a strong track record for U.S. offshore wind to continue to build on. Turn Forward applauds the many years of hard work, leadership, and dedication that made this historic offshore wind milestone possible.”

Once complete, South Fork Wind will generate enough clean energy to power 70,000 homes on Long Island. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2023 or early 2024. 

South Fork Wind is the first offshore wind project to deliver power to New York. The Biden administration recently approved another project in New York, Empire Wind, while Sunrise Wind and Beacon Wind have begun the review process. Together, they are expected to support over 6,800 jobs and power over 2.4 million homes

Turn Forward is an independent, non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to advancing an ambitious vision for American offshore wind power that meets today’s climate, economic, equity and environmental challenges.

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