The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has released its first comprehensive forward-looking Draft Long Island Energy Plan for public review and comment…Uniondale, New York – October 23, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has released its first comprehensive forward-looking Draft Long Island Energy Plan for public review and comment. The draft plan covers the years 2002 to 2011 and sets out a series of multi-faceted planning options – including increased use of solar, wind and fuel cells – that seek to make certain that Long Island has an adequate and reasonably priced supply of electricity well into the future. The 230-page Draft Energy Plan articulates in detail LIPA’s oft-stated philosophy of meeting Long Island’s energy needs through a wide range of energy efficiency and conservation programs coupled with developing new links to off-island electricity supplies while increasing on-island generating resources with a mix of new generation and the possibility of re-powering of some existing based-load generation facilities. LIPA’s Energy Plan utilizes a multi-faceted approach to ensure an affordable and reliable supply of electricity for Long Island. The fundamental approach to maintaining a safe, reliable, environmentally friendly and economic system for the future includes the following areas: -Continued focus on energy efficiency and load management to manage growth in both energy and peak demand -Invest in clean alternative generation sources; -Expansion of off-island resource capacity and supply diversity through increased transmission ties LIPA’s Draft Energy Plan calls for the continuation of its Renewable Energy programs and increasing that capacity including an offshore wind farm. According to the plan, LIPA’s Clean Energy Initiative should continue since energy conservation and Demand-Side Management programs play a key role in the overall energy strategy for Long Island. LIPA’s portfolio of Clean Energy Programs commits US$170 million over a five-year period. The CEI targets energy efficiency, load management and Renewable Energy resources. These programs have yielded over 122 GWh of energy savings so far, with 290 GWh of energy savings projected by the end of 2004. The CEI also encourages the development and use of alternative and Renewable Energy technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal and fuel cells. Under the CEI, LIPA is seeking the development of 100 to 140 MW of offshore wind turbine generation to help meet Long Island’s ever-increasing demand for electricity. LIPA will issue an RFP seeking a developer later this year. LIPA is also using 75 fuel cells in a grid-connected demonstration project to gain useful knowledge and experience in the application of fuel cells to supply electricity to LIPA’s customers through its electric grid. At the same time, LIPA is also placing fuel cells at various locations around Long Island to help stimulate the application of the technology as a distributed generation alternative. LIPA’s solar program has also stimulated a greater use of photovoltaic technology by both residential and commercial consumers. LIPA’s Solar Pioneer Program, for example, has been responsible for the placement of some 150 residential roof-top PV units that now produce about 822,000 kWh watts of electricity annually. LIPA’s solar rebate of US$5 per watt is one of the highest in the country. So far, LIPA has provided some US$3.6 million in rebates for residential solar installations. Public hearings on LIPA’s Draft Energy Plan will be scheduled for later this year and in January. Copies of the draft plan can be obtained by going to LIPA’s Web site.