U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Long Island Power to Negotiate with FPL Energy for Offshore Wind Plant
June 2, 2004
The proposed Long Island facility will use GE's 3.6-megawatt wind turbine, shown here installed off the coast of Ireland.
Credit: Robert Thresher, NREL
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) unveiled its comprehensive plan
to meet the island's energy needs on May 26th, including new details on
the utility's plan to develop an offshore wind power plant. In January
2003, LIPA requested bids for an offshore wind plant that would
produce 100 to 140 megawatts of power. According to the newly released
plan, LIPA now aims to negotiate with FPL Energy on its
proposal to build a 140-megawatt wind energy facility using 39 of
General Electric's 3.6-megawatt wind turbines. The facility would be
located three miles southwest of Robert Moses State Park, which is on
the far western tip of Fire Island. LIPA notes that the project "will
undergo extensive environmental and regulatory review by numerous
regulatory entities before any construction can begin."
LIPA's energy plans aren't just for offshore wind power, however. LIPA
is also planning to contract with six companies for a wide range of
energy efficiency services, which are expected to yield 73 megawatts
of long-term energy savings. LIPA will also pursue three new fossil-fueled power plants on Long Island, as well as a 660-megawatt power
cable that will connect the island to power sources in New Jersey. All
of the energy proposals still need to go before the LIPA Board of
Trustees for approval. See the LIPA press release.
To date, no offshore wind plant has been built in the United States,
although at least 10 have been built in Europe. Currently, the only
other offshore wind energy project that is making serious progress is
the 420-megawatt Cape Wind project, proposed for Horseshoe Shoal,
five miles off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Cape Wind
Associates, LLC is currently in the process of applying for permits
for the project. See the Cape Wind Web site.