Statoil’s new Empire Wind energy project will help New York meet its target to generate 50% of the State’s electricity from clean sources by 2030.

The Norwegian energy giant this week named the planned offshore wind site – to be situated off Long Island – Empire Wind and launched a new website with details of the venture. It is set to provide 1GW of power and make a major contribution to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ambitions to make the State to “a national leader in clean energy”.

The name Empire Wind captures the pivotal role that this important project will play in helping New York achieve its ambitious renewable energy goal,” said Statoil’s Empire Wind Project Director Christer af Geijerstam. “Empire Wind also speaks to the leading role that New York State is taking in advancing the deployment of offshore wind technology in North America.”

Offshore wind looks like playing a central role in the Governor’s Clean Energy Standard – to generate 50% of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Earlier this year Innovators Magazine reported the sheer scale of the potential, with  New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) estimating installations in the Atlantic could power 15 million homes in New York State.