New York’s First Offshore Wind Project Approved

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By Editors of Power Engineering

The Long Island Power Authority has approved a plan to build New York state’s first offshore wind farm 30 miles east of Montauk.

LIPA signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Deepwater Wind LLC, the developer of the 90-MW, 15-turbine wind project, the Wall Street Journal reported. Construction on the $740 million project will start in 2020 with operations expected to begin in 2022.

Thomas Falcone, CEO of the Long Island Power Authority, said the Deepwater development won’t be the last or largest offshore wind development built near New York.

The Deepwater development was announced during New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s call for the addition of 2.4 GW of offshore wind development earlier this month.

That goal, to be met by 2030, would also include an 800-MW, 79.000-acre wind project 17 miles south of the Rockaway Peninsula. Statoil Wind US LLC won the rights from the U.S. government to lease the area for wind energy in December.

The Governor’s Clean Energy Standard calls for 50 percent of New York’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. Additionally, the governor has called on the New York Department of Environmental Conversation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to undertake a study to determine the most rapid, cost-effective and responsible pathway to reach 100 percent renewable energy across the state.

The same week as the offshore wind announcement, Cuomo announced his office, the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, environmental group Riverkeeper and Entergy had reached an agreement to close the two nuclear reactors at Indian Point Energy Center in 2020 and 2021.

As part of the deal, the state of New York will drop legal challenges against the plant and allow for nuclear license extensions to keep Indian Point running until the shutdown date.

At the time of the announcement, Cuomo was said to plan an announcement of other sources of energy to replace Indian Springs’ capacity.

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