NY readies release of wind-energy draft blueprint
- August 9, 2016
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A final Offshore Wind Master Plan will provide "strategic options to support properly sited offshore wind development to combat climate change," it said.
While NYSERDA wouldn't discuss the blueprint directly last week, the state telegraphed its ambitions for offshore wind energy in a cost analysis released as part of its recently approved Clean Energy Standard, which seeks to derive 50 percent of state energy from renewable resources by 2030.
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In all, the state said, a maximum of 11,440 megawatts of wind power can be garnered from the sites off
The state analysis laid out an aggressive building schedule for offshore wind farms, starting with 50 turbines in the first year and ramping up each year to 240 by year 11.
NYSERDA's April cost analysis included a potential site 12 miles from the coast of the South Fork, where the state indicated a possible 3,081 megawatts of power could be harnessed from some 385 turbines. Local officials in
An NYSERDA spokeswoman emphasized, "No decisions on offshore wind development areas will be made without extensive input from local communities, the commercial fishing and maritime industries, environmental advocates and other key stakeholders."
The state may not propose wind farms on all areas of the map, NYSERDA said, and may consider other areas entirely.
The turbines would deliver power through connection points throughout downstate
The study described the Hamptons wind farm and another about 20 miles off the coast of central
Two proposals -- a LIPA deep-water project and NYSERDA-led plan -- are already moving forward. LIPA trustees had been scheduled to vote on a wind-energy proposal from
But LIPA has been mum on the topic since NYSERDA requested its trustees delay their vote last month to await the blueprint. LIPA spokesman
While studies, approvals and construction generally require up to seven years to complete, LIPA has previously said it expects to "expedite" the process and have the Deepwater wind farm up and running by the end of 2022. A Deepwater official declined a request for interviews. The developer last week reached a milestone by installing turbine blades on the first
The proposed 90-megawatt Deepwater wind farm, if approved, will produce somewhat less than that amount of power, both because of the intermittent nature of wind and because of a loss of power that comes from sending it over a 30-mile-plus cable, a phenomenon known as line loss. LIPA declined to specify the amount of line loss of the Deepwater project, suggesting it was one of the details that remained "under negotiation."
Earlier this year, NYSERDA commandeered a separate project that had been initiated by LIPA in 2008 to build up to 700 megawatts of wind power off the coast of
If it wins, NYSERDA has said it will hold an auction of its own to contract out construction of the wind farm, while the state itself conducts the numerous studies required for approval.
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