LIPA nod for 90-MW offshore wind park in New York waters

South Fork Wind Farm. Source: Deepwater Wind (dwwind.com)

Jan 26 (Renewables Now) - The Board of Trustees of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has given the green light to the 90-MW South Fork offshore wind project, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

The LIPA Board has approved a 20-year pay-for-performance power purchase agreement (PPA) for the project, developed by Deepwater Wind. The 15 turbines will be installed 30 miles (48.3 km) southeast of Montauk and will help meet the growing electricity demand on the South Fork of Long Island.

For South Fork the LIPA will also carry out transmission upgrades and pursue additional clean energy solutions such as battery storage and consumer electricity demand reduction.

“I applaud the Long Island Power Authority's consideration of the proposed 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm east of Montauk and encourage the Board of Directors to approve the Deepwater Wind proposal,” said New York State Senator Phil Boyle.

Deepwater Wind says on its website that depending on the schedule for permitting, construction of South Fork could start as early as 2019, with the offshore wind park possibly operational as early as 2022.

Early in 2017 Cuomo proposed a commitment to develop up to 2.4 GW of offshore wind power in the Atlantic Ocean by 2030. Work is in progress on New York’s Offshore Wind Master Plan, which will be released in late 2017. It will include additional sites.

The first US offshore wind farm, the 30-MW Block Island project off the coast of Rhode Island, went live in December. It was also developed by Deepwater Wind.

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