Friday, January 13, 2017

New York Seeks to Develop U.S.'s Biggest Offshore Wind Projects

File Photo: A crew boat passes through Horns Rev 2, the world's largest wind farm, 30 km (19 miles) off the west coast of Denmark near Esbjerg September 15, 2009. (Credit: Reuters/Bob Strong/File Photo) Click to Enlarge.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week proposed to develop up to 2,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power by 2030 capable of powering 1.25 million homes as the state seeks to lead the nation in renewable energy production.

The offshore wind proposal came after the Democratic governor said on Monday that Entergy Corp's 2,069-MW Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County would shut by 2021 and the state planned to replace its power output with renewable and low carbon energy sources.

The offshore wind proposals include Deepwater Wind's 90-MW South Fork project to be built about 30 miles southeast of Montauk that the Democratic governor, in a release, said he wanted the Long Island Power Authority to approve.

Deepwater built the nation's first and only offshore wind farm off Block Island in Rhode Island. It is majority owned by New York investment firm D.E Shaw Group.

Cuomo said the state would complete its plans for offshore wind developments by the end of 2017.  He said any projects, including the Montauk wind farm, would be developed out of view from the coast.

Cuomo, seen as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, is pursuing wind power after President-elect Donald Trump on the campaign trail dismissed solar and wind energy as too expensive and pledged to focus on oil and coal.

Offshore wind is key to meeting Cuomo's Clean Energy Standard goal to meet 50 percent of electricity needs with renewable sources by 2030 in New York, the second-most-populous U.S. state after California.

The governor directed the Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to study how the state could become 100 percent renewable in the future.

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