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On June 26, 2023, the Nation’s first U.S.-built offshore wind substation arrived at Rhode Island’s Providence Port after departing from a Texas fabrication facility where Danish multinational energy company, Ørsted, and domestic energy provider, Eversource, partnered to build the revolutionary vessel. The Kansas-engineered substation was designed and built by Kiewit Offshore Services, Ltd., the largest U.S. offshore fabricator, at its Corpus Christi facility before setting sail for federal waters on the New York outer continental shelf (“OCS”) on May 25th. The 1,500-ton substation was manufactured to collect power produced by turbines at the South Fork Wind Farm (one of only two active federal commercial offshore wind leases that have been approved for construction) and interconnect that electric energy to the grid. On June 22, 2023, South Fork Wind reached its monumental “steel in the water” milestone when it constructed the project’s first monopile foundation, which the substation will be installed on. Notably, Ørsted and Eversource are currently 50/50 partners for several federal offshore wind projects at various stages of development, including: South Fork Wind, projected to be the first completed utility-scale offshore wind farm in federal waters with operations estimated to begin by the end of this year, as well as Revolution Wind and Sunrise Wind, both of which have yet to start construction but are estimated to be operational by the end of 2025. However, Eversource has announced it is leaving the offshore wind development business and plans to sell its 50% partnership stakes in the three projects later this summer.

Read the full post from Liskow attorney Kyrie Buffa on The Energy Law Blog here.

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