Deepwater Wind hailed the move by NYPA to jumpstart the process for developing a large offshore wind farm to serve downstate New York.
NYPA has filed an application with the United States Department of the Interior to lease an offshore site at least 13 miles south of New York City and the western end of Long Island.
In addition, it said it will conduct a competition to select a developer to build a utility-scale offshore wind farm of up to 700MW of power that site.
‘This is tremendously exciting news for New York and for the entire renewable energy industry,’ said William Moore, CEO of Deepwater Wind. ‘We congratulate the state of New York for taking this bold and important step to advance offshore wind development.’
He said Deepwater Wind will submit a bid in this state competition after investing considerable resources over the last several years in preparing its proposal for a utility-scale wind farm to serve New York City and Long Island.
‘By combining a utility-scale offshore wind farm with a regional transmission network, we can deliver firm power to address the area’s electricity demand, and be part of a broader strategy to replace the Indian Point nuclear plant with renewable and other sources of energy at costs that would be close to competitive with new fossil fuel generation,’ Moore said.
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