Eversource and Ørsted Tap Long Island’s Haugland Group as Lead Contractor for South Fork Wind’s Onshore Transmission System Construction
NEW YORK – Joint venture partners Eversource and Ørsted announced their selection of Long Island-based contractor Haugland Energy Group LLC (an affiliate of Haugland Group LLC), to install the underground duct bank system for South Fork Wind’s onshore transmission line and to lead the construction of the project’s onshore interconnection facility located in East Hampton, New York.
This new agreement will create more than 100 union jobs for Long Island skilled trades workers, including heavy equipment operators, electricians, lineworkers, and local delivery drivers who will support transportation of materials to the project site. Haugland Group affiliates are signatory to several local unions, including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1049 and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 138, who will serve as the source of construction labor for the project. In addition to Haugland Energy Group, several other local businesses will support the project’s construction activities and will prioritize local sourcing of construction materials, benefitting Long Island’s economy and further expanding the domestic offshore wind supply chain in New York State.
"Transmission is our expertise at Eversource, and together with Haugland Group, we will combine our decades of knowledge to ensure a smooth transition to clean, renewable energy for thousands of New Yorkers," said Joe Nolan, Chief Executive Officer and President of Eversource Energy. "We are excited to start this work soon and even more excited to be doing it hand in hand with local union labor. New Yorkers are continuing to step up to combat climate change, and we are proud to be partnering with them to achieve their clean energy goals.”
“This agreement is a critical step for South Fork Wind and for New York in advancing construction of its landmark first offshore wind project,” said David Hardy Chief Executive Officer of Ørsted Offshore North America. “Partnering with a local union contractor like Haugland Group is central to our commitment to continue building a new U.S. offshore wind industry that provides good-paying jobs in and clean energy to the communities we serve.”
“Haugland Group could not be prouder to partner with Eversource and Ørsted on the South Fork offshore wind project, which we hope to be the first of many successful enterprises as we build toward Long Island’s future,” said Billy Haugland, Co-President of Haugland Group. “Embracing renewable energy resources like offshore wind are critical, not only to bolster Long Island’s infrastructure, but also to infuse our local community with tremendous economic growth as it provides new opportunities to our labor force, local businesses and contracting community. Haugland is honored to help reshape Long Island’s utility landscape while providing clean energy to its residents.”
“This is a shining example of the economic benefits that Long Island will reap from offshore wind,” said Matt Cohen, President & CEO of the Long Island Association. “The partnership between Eversource, Ørsted, and the Haugland Group should serve as a national model for how regions can support job growth and build their economy through offshore wind while combating climate change at the same time.”
South Fork Wind is on track to be fully permitted in the early part of this year with onshore construction work beginning soon after. The project will be New York’s first offshore wind farm and will power approximately 70,000 New York homes each year with clean, offshore wind energy when it begins operations at the end of 2023.
Eversource (NYSE: ES), celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, is the #1 energy company in Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2021 and recognized as one of America’s Most JUST Companies. Eversource transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas and supplies water to approximately 4.3 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, Eversource harnesses the commitment of approximately 9,300 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. The company is empowering a clean energy future in the Northeast, with nationally recognized energy efficiency solutions and successful programs to integrate new clean energy resources like solar, offshore wind, electric vehicles and battery storage, into the electric system. For more information, please visit eversource.com, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. For more information on our water services, visit aquarionwater.com.
About Ørsted Offshore North America
The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted ranks as the world’s most sustainable energy company in Corporate Knights’ 2021 Global 100 index of the most sustainable corporations and is recognized on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action.
In the United States, Ørsted operates the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm, and constructed the two-turbine Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project – the first turbines to be installed in federal waters. Ørsted has secured over 4,000 megawatts of additional capacity through six projects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Ørsted Offshore’s North American business is jointly headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island and employs approximately 250 people. To learn more visit us.orsted.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@OrstedUS).
About Haugland Group LLC
Haugland Group LLC (HG) is Melville, NY-based construction company with subsidiaries and affiliates that provide a wide range of energy and civil infrastructure services. Its team brings decades of experience in the fields of engineering, design/build, best value, project management, project finance and development. Learn more on our website: www.hauglandgroup.us and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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