Updated July 2010
Overview of Status:
New York has plans for offshore wind development in both ocean waters and the Great Lakes. The Long Island Power Authority and Consolidated Edison Inc. are proceeding with plans for the Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Project, and the New York Power Authority recently issued a RFP for a utility scale wind farm in the Great Lakes.
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and Consolidated Edison Inc. (ConEd) have proposed the Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Project, a plan for a 350 MW wind farm off Rockaway. Prior to this proposal the two utilities completed a feasibility study/resource assessment in 2008, which concluded that the addition of 700 MW of offshore wind power was possible with existing transmission infrastructure.
On July 1, 2010, it was announced that the New York Power Authority (NYPA) Trustees authorized application for a BOEMRE lease for the proposed wind farm.
On December 1, 2009, the New York Power Authority issued a RFP for a 120-500 MW offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes, as a part of the Great Lakes Offshore Wind (GLOW) initiative. The RFP is available here. Five proposals were received that are currently under review.
In 2004 LIPA issued a RFP for a 40 turbine wind farm off Jones Beach. Florida Power and Light won the RFP, but the project was dropped due to cost concerns.
Policy and Regulation:
New York has a RES of 29% renewable by 2015.
The Governor's Office directed state agencies to work with the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative to develop a framework for offshore wind development.
Studies, Research and Development:
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued New York’s Offshore Wind Energy Development Potential in the Great Lakes: Feasibility Study in April 2010.
LIPA and ConEd also established a "Wind Collaborative" that includes, among others, NYSERDA, NYPA, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and the New York-New Jersey Port Authority.
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