New York's LIPA declines 210-MW offshore wind proposal - report

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

July 24 (Renewables Now) - US utility Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has turned down Deepwater Wind’s proposal for a 210-MW offshore wind farm, Newsday said on Thursday, citing an unnamed senior LIPA official.

According to the report, the regional power authority has rejected the project, and several other schemes, because it has sufficient renewable energy sources to meet its short-term state mandates. The official told the newspaper that LIPA will be able to buy green power under a recent offshore wind-focused memorandum of understanding with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Deepwater’s 210-MW wind farm was planned to be built in proximity to the company’s 90-MW South Fork wind park off the Long Island coast. Both are part of the Deepwater ONE offshore project. South Fork has a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with LIPA, with construction seen to start as early as 2019.

LIPA has to add 800 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2030 to meet its state mandate.

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

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