Offshore wind project plans in NY cancelled

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees voted September 27 to end the competitive solicitation process for the proposed 150 MW Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project without awarding a contract.

Trustees said an estimated annual subsidy of between $60 million and $100 million would have resulted in a significant cost premium to NYPA.

NYPA received five responses to its request for proposals. Those came from Apex Offshore Wind LLC; Great Winds LLC; NRG Bluewater Wind Great Lakes LLC; Pattern Renewables Development Co. LLC; and RES Americas Developments Inc. While the evaluation indicated the project was technically feasible, the generating output of the proposed 120 MW to 500 MW project would have cost two to four times more than land-based wind.

NYPA with its collaborative partners, Con Edison of New York and the Long Island Power Authority, said they will continue to evaluate the Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Project off the southern coast of Long Island.

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