Europe seen as model for developing offshore wind industry

Feds sought to help New York's wind initiatives

  • The study will focus on the most cost-effective ways to bring offshore wind power onto the energy grid
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a number of initiatives geared to jump-starting the offshore wind industry in recent weeks.
  • Offshore wind project projected to power 1.2 million households on Long Island and in NYC

The New York Power Authority will look to Europe to come up with the most cost-effective ways to connect offshore wind energy generated off the Long Island coast with the energy grid, state officials announced this week.

The study’s primary focus will be on transmission and connection models being used in Europe, home to some of the world’s most advanced wind energy technology, state officials say.

It has the backing of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who in recent weeks has announced several initiatives designed to jump-start the state’s fledgling offshore wind industry.

“New York continues to be a national leader in the development of our robust offshore wind industry, aiming to make wind energy as accessible and affordable as possible for all New Yorkers,” Cuomo said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke in April 2018 about the second year of the Excelsior scholarship, which provides free tuition to eligible SUNY students. Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief

State ratepayers pick up tab

Last month, the state Public Service Commission said it would procure 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy over the next two years, the first phase of a $2.1 billion effort to develop 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030.

Much of that offshore energy will power some 1.2 million households on Long Island and New York City while the tab – about 76 cents a month – will be picked up by ratepayers across the state, The Journal News/lohud reported last month.

In a letter sent to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on July 30, Cuomo tried to enlist the federal government’s support for the state’s offshore wind initiatives.

“Instead of trying to revive the fossil fuel industry, I call on you to join us in our efforts to build a 21st century clean energy economy,” Cuomo said.

NYPA will partner with a number of utilities, including Con Edison, in its study of European transmission models.

NYPA, the state’s biggest energy producer, has decades of experience generating electricity from renewable sources of power. Some 70 percent of the electricity it currently generates comes from hydroelectric power, much of that from the Niagara Power Plant in Lewiston, four miles downstream from Niagara Falls.

“We’ll look at the experiences, conclusions and recommendations of others to determine what New York should consider in developing offshore wind transmission,” said Gil Quiniones, NYPA’s president and CEO. “We want to distill the most import lessons learned from European development and consider the possible implications for New York State.”


AUG 9 2018
back to top