The developer of the country's first offshore wind farm plans to open a second, larger complex off the coast of Long Island in five years' time.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Long Island Power Authority and Deepwater Wind LLC signed a 20-year contract to build what would be the nation's largest wind farm about 30 miles offshore.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020 and the 15-turbine development is scheduled to start operating two years later. The project is expected to cost some $740 million.
New York officials said that the 90-megawatt project would produce enough electricity to power 50,000 homes on Long Island.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo hailed the first wind farm in his state as crucial to achieving his administration's ambitious clean energy goals.
"This project will not only provide a new, reliable source of clean energy, but will also create high-paying jobs, continue our efforts to combat climate change and help preserve our environment for current and future generations of New Yorkers," Cuomo said in a statement.
Deepwater Wind opened the nation's first wind farm off the coast of its native Rhode Island last month, but both utility and company officials predicted that many more would be forthcoming.
"We think thousands of megawatts will be built off the coast of the United States in the coming decades," Deepwater Wind chief executive Jeff Grybowski told the Journal.