U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Water Power Program
New York State Funds Two Wind Power and Three Hydropower Projects
March 2, 2005
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
announced in February that it selected five power generation producers
to provide renewable power for the first phase of the state's
Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program. Two of the five projects
are wind facilities: the 300-megawatt Flat Rock Wind Project near
Lowville in Lewis County, about 25 miles southeast of Watertown, and
the 7.5-megawatt Atlantic City Wind Farm (also called the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm) in New Jersey, both of which are expected to be at
least partially complete by year-end. The remaining three projects are
recent upgrades of existing hydropower projects owned by Brascan
Power: the 17-megawatt Browns Falls hydropower plant and the
6.1-megawatt Higley hydropower plant, both in St. Lawrence County, and
the 56-megawatt Spier Falls hydroelectric plant in Saratoga County. In
2006, NYSERDA expects to pay $15.7 million for the renewable energy
attributes of the power generated by the five projects, estimated at
700,000 megawatt-hours. See the press releases from
NYSERDA and Brascan Power.
NYSERDA chose the five projects from 22 proposals that came in
response to a request for proposals (RFP) issued in late December.
That solicitation aimed to acquire the renewable attributes of
1,400,000 megawatt-hours of renewable power—double the amount
actually acquired—to meet the state's RPS requirement. See the
NYSERDA RFP (PDF 1.1 MB). Download Acrobat Reader.
For more information about the two wind projects, see the Flat Rock Wind Project Web site, the Flat Rock project summary (PDF 176 KB) from New York's Tug Hill Commission, and a summary of the Atlantic City project on the Atlantic County Utility Authority Web site.