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New 90 MW Offshore Wind Farm Planned For New York Waters, Largest In US

The Long Island Power Authority is apparently set to approve a 90 MW offshore wind farm in New York Waters, according to recent reports.

According to reports from Bloomberg news, the Long Island Power Authority is planning to approve a 90 MW offshore wind farm off the coast of New York. A 90 MW offshore wind farm would make it the largest in US waters — though that isn’t saying much, considering that construction on the current “largest US offshore wind farm” is underway on the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island.

Earlier this month we reported that there had been recent policy movement in both Massachusetts and New York which some experts were suggesting might start a long-awaited offshore wind energy boom in the United States. Specifically, in early-June, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that it would be participating in the US Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) commercial offshore wind energy lease auction for sites off the coast of Long Island. This was followed by the passing of a bill through the Massachusetts House and Senate that would see the state begin to solicit contracts for as much as 2 GW of offshore wind as soon as 2027.

According to Bloomberg, in the state of New York, the Long Island Power Authority, the state-owned utility which is operated by Public Service Enterprise Group Inc., plans to approve a 90 MW offshore wind farm off the coast of New York — around 48 kilometers east of Montauk — and has selected Deepwater Wind LLC — the same developer behind the Block Island Offshore Wind Farm — to install 15 offshore wind turbines.

Sid Nathan, a spokesperson for the state-owned utility, spoke to Bloomberg and said that the utility’s board would likely approve the project at a meeting on July 20.

“This is the first step to developing the tremendous offshore wind resource off Long Island,” Nathan said in an interview with Bloomberg. “It will be Long Island’s contribution to meeting Governor Cuomo’s ambitious plan to reach 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.”

Further information about the project is yet to be revealed, though reports suggest the project could be completed by 2022.

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