The US government has completed its draft environmental analysis of the Orsted-Eversource Energy joint venture’s 130MW South Fork offshore wind farm that will supply power to New York State, in a move that could lead to an October approval for construction.

South Fork has a long-term electricity supply agreement with Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and is set to be the first of a clutch of offshore wind projects slated to help meet the state's ambitious climate and energy targets, although Orsted said last year that its planned commissioning in 2022 could be delayed by Covid disruption and permitting lags.