Uniondale, New York– Students from the United Way of Long Island’s Power Up Wind, Solar, and Renewables program participated in the Sunrise Wind Supply Chain Forum in Uniondale, New York on November 30.
Sunrise Wind, a joint venture offshore wind project between Ørsted and Eversource, held their second full-day New York Supplier Forum to provide local Long Island businesses the opportunity to meet awarded suppliers, and to learn about getting involved in the growing offshore wind industry.
The forum provided students in the program the opportunity to meet directly with Sunrise Wind representatives, businesses helping to build the project, and state officials from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
John Diaz, United Way of Long Island’s Director of Community Impact said, “This was an amazing event for our students to participate in. They got a chance to meet directly with executives from onshore and offshore wind vendors and learned of the many career pathways this fast-growing energy sector offers. It was a perfect complement to the training they received in our program.”
United Way of Long Island’s Power Up Wind, Solar & Renewables program is an affiliate of the New York State Department of Labor and provides students with an introduction to renewable energy, including offshore wind. Once completed, the students will have an OSHA 30 certification.
“It was great to see these students’ interest in renewable energy and offshore wind,” said Jennifer Garvey, Head of Market Strategy for New York for Ørsted Americas. “The offshore wind industry will benefit from the talents and enthusiasm of young people like the Power Up program participants, and hopefully opportunities like this can lead to successful careers in the clean energy sector for more New Yorkers.”
“The U.S. offshore wind industry is growing rapidly and creating well-paying clean energy jobs for New Yorkers,” said Dennis Galvam, Manager of Offshore Wind Strategic Outreach at Eversource Energy. “Our clean energy future depends on the next generation, and by partnering with great organizations like the United Way of Long Island, we are able to introduce careers in the offshore wind industry to young adults early on – creating a pathway to enter a newly emerging industry that can provide long-term success and opportunity.”
A global clean energy leader, Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and land-based wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants. Ørsted is the only energy company in the world with a science-based net-zero emissions target as validated by the Science Based Targets initiative. Four years in a row, the company was ranked the world’s most sustainable energy company by Corporate Knights.
In the United States, the company has approximately 650 employees and a growing portfolio of clean energy assets and partnerships that includes offshore wind energy, land-based wind energy, solar, storage technologies and e-fuels. A leader across the renewable energy sector in the United States, Ørsted holds the top position in offshore wind energy with approximately 5 gigawatts in development and operates America’s first offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Block Island. Ørsted has a total U.S. land-based capacity of 5 gigawatts across wind, solar, storage technologies and e-fuels. To learn more about the Ørsted U.S. business, visit us.orsted.com or follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ØrstedUS).
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 2023 and recognized as one of America’s Most JUST Companies. Eversource transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas and supplies water to approximately 4.4 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, Eversource harnesses the commitment of approximately 9,500 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.