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New York awards offshore wind contracts to Equinor, Orsted

July 18 (Reuters) - New York on Thursday awarded two major offshore wind contracts to Norway's Equinor and a joint venture between Denmark's Orsted and U.S. utility Eversource, a key milestone in Governor Andrew Cuomo's ambitious plan to slash the state's greenhouse gas emissions.

The two contracts add up to 1700 MW of capacity, or enough to power 1 million homes, Cuomo said at a press conference in New York City. Four major developers had submitted proposals to the state, which plans to procure 9,000 MW of offshore wind energy by 2035. (Reporting by Nichola Groom; editing by Diane Craft)