LIPA, Con Edison Release Offshore Wind Initiative Study


Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) President and CEO Kevin S. Law and Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) Chairman and CEO Kevin Burke say that their public-private partnership is moving forward with plans for a new phase of study on a major offshore wind farm.

A joint feasibility study released by the two utilities concluded that an interconnection of up to 700 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 for up to 1,400 MW by 2020, which would permit a future expansion beyond the 700 MW.

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 Port Authority to issue a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) for offshore wind development.

The RFEI serves as a precursor to a request for proposals (RFP) to be issued later this year. It is anticipated that other interested state and city agencies will be invited to participate in the project's next phase and/or the RFP process.

Additional steps include the following:

– 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.

In addition, both utilities will begin another round of due diligence that will concentrate on the economics and feasibility of the actual offshore wind farm, including determining if there are sufficient wind resources to meet the scope of the project, an avian study, further environmental impacts, economic costs, community impact and the potential number of jobs the project could create.

SOURCE: Con Edison Co.

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