Serious blow for proposed turbine park
When the wind blows, the turbines will rock – when it doesn’t, there’s trouble.
At least, for those who would put a wind farm off Long Island’s South Shore. During the hottest days of this year, as energy consumption records fell across the Island, there was nary a breeze – and not nearly enough wind to power the turbines of the Long Island Power Authority’s proposed Offshore Wind Park to their 140-megawatt capacity, according to Suffolk County Leg. Wayne Horsley, D-Babylon.
August 25, 2006
by Jean Paul Vellotti
in Long Island Business News
Horsely said he has wind data collected during this summer’s heat wave and plans to release it as part of a comprehensive report later this month. However, existing reports from the Suffolk County Budget Review Office and data from the National Weather Service and proposed wind park builder FPL Energy already support Horsley’s claims. (Those reports are based on wind levels in 2005 and earlier.)
According to the Budget Review Office, the proposed park’s maximum power output at any given August moment would be between 10.3 and 37.5 megawatts – a far cry from LIPA’s estimates of 140 megawatts. Those... [continue via Web link]