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Costs pull the plug on Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees is ending the competitive solicitation process for the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project (GLOW) without awarding a contract due to cost concerns.

By Kari Williamson

NYPA says the estimated annual cost of the offshore wind project is US$60-100 million combined with the current economic conditions are the reasons for the Trustees’ action.

The offshore wind project is technically feasible, but the generating output of the proposed 120 MW to 500 MW project would have cost two to four times more than land-based wind, NYPA explains.

“While deciding not to proceed with GLOW, the Power Authority will continue its commitment to developing and implementing wind and other clean alternative energy sources to produce emissions-free power for the benefit of New Yorkers today and for future generations,” says Gil C. Quiniones, Acting President and CEO at NYPA.

“The Power Authority’s participation in the evaluation of the LI-NYC Offshore Wind Project and in the regional efforts of such organisations as the Great Lakes Commission and the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative shows NYPA’s dedication to affordable and environmentally-sound development of future offshore wind projects in New York State waters.”

The Power Authority has already received five responses to the GLOW RFP from Apex Offshore Wind LLC; Great Winds, LLC; NRG Bluewater Wind Great Lakes LLC; Pattern Renewables Development Company, LLC; and RES Americas Developments Inc.

Progress on Atlantic project

NYPA is still active in the evaluation of the LI-NYC Offshore Wind Project in the Atlantic Ocean off the southern cost of Long Island with partners Con Edison of New York and the Long Island Power Authority.

The LI-NYC Offshore Wind Collaborative has submitted a lease application to the Federal Government for undersea land identified as a possible location for the project.

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