New York City's First Offshore Wind Farm Begins Inching Forward
photo: Martin P via flickrNew York's first offshore wind farm has moved one step closer to becoming reality. The Long Island, New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative has issued a Request for Information for its plan to build a 350 MW wind farm (with the possibility of expanding to 700 MW) about 13 miles off the coast of Rockaway Island:The intent of the RFI is to gauge interest of wind power developers and "other interested parties" in how the project would best proceed. This move is the precursor to a formal Request for Proposals, which is expected to be issued by the end of this year.
The offshore wind farm collaborative consists of the Long Island Power Authority, Con Edison, the New York Power Authority, the City of New York, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
It's a small step forward, but a significant one and Mayor Bloomberg was among the luminaries chiming in in support:
New York City needs renewable energy sources – such as offshore wind – to meet the ambitious greenhouse gas reductions in PlaNYC, our long term vision for a greener, greater New York. Last August, the City began to explore the full potential of renewable energy, and offshore wind quickly emerged as one of the biggest opportunities we have. We hope that working with the Collaborative will be the best way to implement large-scale, offshore wind, and I look forward to working with ConEd, LIPA, NYPA and the other partners to make this project a reality.
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