LIPA & Con Edison Eye Offshore Wind Power

Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) president and CEO Kevin Law and Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) chairman and CEO Kevin Burke have announced that the two utilities are moving forward with their public-private partnership by planning a new phase of study that could lead to the development of an offshore wind farm.

A joint feasibility study released by the two utilities concluded that an interconnection of up to 700 megawatts (MW) of wind power, located at least 13 miles off the Rockaway Peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean, would be feasible with upgrades to their respective transmission systems.

The proposed LIPA/Con Edison Offshore Wind Farm would likely be designed for 350 MW of generation, with the ability to expand it to 700 MW, giving it the potential to be the largest offshore wind proposal in the country.

LIPA and Con Edison have also filed an application to interconnect the offshore wind project with the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) for up to 1400 MW by 2020, which would permit a future expansion beyond the 700 MW.

“As a state and as a nation, we must find alternative solutions to traditional fossil fuel sources.  By taking advantage of the natural resources that New York has to offer, we will position ourselves to be the national leader in renewable and alternative energy as our economy emerges from the current crisis,” said Governor David Paterson. “LIPA and Con Edison have partnered to take a lead role in wind power, successfully completing the first phase of this joint partnership with their study of the technical aspects of connecting offshore wind energy to the state’s electricity system.”

As the second phase begins for the wind project, LIPA and Con Edison will work with the state, the New York Power Authority, New York City, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the Port Authority to issue a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) for off-shore wind development.

Additional next steps include creation of a joint LIPA/Con Edison Web site to keep the wind industry, communities and stakeholders informed of the project’s progress and working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to develop a Meteorological Tower to assess wind strength in the proposed project location.

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