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Agency to gauge interest in wind power development in federal waters near New York


From the January 18, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 18, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued a request to determine whether there is competitive interest in wind power development in federal waters off the coast of New York's Rockaway Peninsula and Long Island.  Two public power utilities -- the New York Power Authority and the Long Island Power Authority -- along with an investor-owned utility, Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, have partnered to seek development of offshore wind power in the area. They have formed the Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative.

The Jan. 3 request by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is "an important step forward" for their efforts, the utilities said.

"Offshore wind power offers clean energy benefits to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming and climate change," issues identified by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as important concerns when planning future energy projects, said the collaborative. 

The proposed project, located about 11 nautical miles south of Long Beach, N.Y., is designed to generate at least 350 megawatts of electricity from offshore wind resources for the Long Island and New York City region, with the ability to expand generation capacity to as much as 700 MW.

The proposed wind development area covers approximately 127 square miles. In addition to inquiring about competitive interest, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is seeking public comment on the proposal and its potential environmental consequences. 

"Today's announcement represents an important step forward in facilitating renewable, clean energy generation offshore New York," said bureau Director Tommy P. Beaudreau. "We will work closely with the state of New York and stakeholders to share information and resolve issues in order to make responsible wind energy development in federal waters a reality." 

The request for information is available for download from the Federal Register. The public comment period will be open for 60 days.

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