Everyone knew the New York Bight offshore wind lease auction was going to be big. The scale of the tender alone – 488,000 acres, with up to 7GW of capacity – dwarfed all previous acreage offers in the US.

Political support too — from President Joe Biden’s moonshot call for 30GW of offshore wind by 2030 to New York and New Jersey’s mandates for a combined 16.5GW