Beacon Wind is planned for an area of 128,000 acres in federal waters approximately 60 miles east of Montauk Point and 20 miles south of Nantucket. When complete, Beacon Wind will provide reliable, renewable power to over a million households in the Northeast

Beacon Wind is a 50-50 partnership between Equinor and bp, operated by Equinor, and is a key contributor to our strategic position in the U.S.

Equinor selected for largest-ever US offshore wind award

Recent press releases:

Equinor Backing Port of Albany to Host Nation’s First Offshore Wind Manufacturing Facility

Equinor ready to expand offshore wind in New York and invest locally.

Equinor partners with BP in US offshore wind to capture value and create platform for growth.

Offshore wind leaseholders release statement on BOEM’s SEIS

Stamford, CT, 06/02/2020
Equinor announced the official name of its wind project off New England coast.

Equinor acquires offshore wind lease outside Massachusetts

About Beacon Wind

Beacon Wind in brief:

  • In early 2019 Equinor successfully secured Lease OCS-A 0520 – Beacon Wind – offshore New England for 135 million dollars in the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management lease auction
  • Equinor initiated state-of-the-art aerial wildlife surveys in December 2019
  • Equinor is committed to responsible offshore wind development. Beacon Wind will undertake a robust review process to secure all necessary permits for the project over the next 5-7 years
  • Beacon Wind will undertake geophysical and geotechnical surveys to gain information about seabed features, geological conditions, presence of hazards, and other features of the lease area.
  • In 2020 Equinor entered into an agreement with bp to sell 50% non-operated interests in the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind assets. Equinor will remain the operator of the projects in these leases through the development, construction and operations phases.
  • bp’s acquisition of the interests in Empire Wind and Beacon Wind has an effective date of 1 January 2020 and is expected to close in early 2021, subject to customary conditions including purchase price adjustments and authority approval. 
  • We will provide generation capacity of 1,260 megawatts (MW) renewable offshore wind power from Empire Wind 2, and another 1,230 MW of power from Beacon Wind 1 – adding to the existing commitment to provide New York with 816 MW of renewable power from Empire Wind 1 – totalling 3.3 gigawatts (GW) of power to the State. 

Environmental and social impact

We are committed to best practices to mitigate environmental and social impacts from the development of renewable energy in the lease area. We believe in the cooperative coexistence of offshore wind development with wildlife and other marine industries.

Beacon Wind is conducting many environmental studies to learn how to best coexist with marine life and birds in the lease area. We are committed to sharing our data with the public.


Photo: Ron Larsen - Sea Risk Solutions, LLC

We are committed to coexistence with commercial and recreational stakeholders and aims to achieve this by proactively avoiding or minimizing impacts on fishing throughout all phases of the project life-cycle. Consultations with fishermen from Massachusetts to New Jersey are ongoing to receive their valuable feedback.

How to contact us

Beacon Wind
1 Lincoln Street
Boston, MA 02111