Breaking News In The Wind: Long Island Might Come Back, Delaware On The Move


Scale and patience are critical to making wind power cost effective in offshore installations. Recently we brought the unfortunate news that a proposed Long Island Sound wind project had been dropped due to projected low return on investment and high taxpayer burden. A few months back we also mentioned that a developer was working with the US State of Delaware on plans for an offshore wind power installation. Success in Delaware would likely make it a first in the US. Apparently, the Delaware project sponsor thinks there is some chance of resurrecting the Long Island project at a larger scale; and the Delaware project is showing further signs of progress. Delaware's news first:

After months of negotiations, on September 14th, Bluewater Wind completed a critical phase of negotiations with Delmarva Power & Light. The result of these negotiations is expected to lead to the development of the nation’s first offshore wind park, and a 25 year supply of stable-priced, clean renewable energy for Delaware.

The agreement represents an opportunity for Delaware to become the First State when it comes to developing and promoting clean, stable priced, and reliable energy.

Now for Long Island: "Weeks after Long Island Power Authority chairman Kevin Law said he would terminate a planned 40-turbine wind farm off the South Shore, a second bidder for the project is expressing renewed interest in taking it on."

"Bluewater Wind, a New Jersey-based company that proposed building a single line of turbines six miles along the Long Island coast, indicated that the cost concerns that torpedoed the project can be addressed by increasing its size."

And on both fronts: "Bluewater made news yesterday by announcing a $1.6 billion plan to build a 150-turbine project off the coast of Delaware. But even as they announced it, company officials expressed concern that the local energy company there might oppose the plan as "too expensive for ratepayers," according to a letter from a Bluewater attorney. Bluewater said its price amounts to 11 cents a kilowatt hour. While Bluewater's initial plan for Long Island encompassed 39 turbines set in a single line six miles from shore, its president yesterday suggested a larger plan could help address cost concerns that recently tanked it."

Via: Newsday Mobile Image credit:: Bluewater.

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