New York State Thruway to explore wind turbines in western NY

The New York State Thruway Authority announced that it will release a request for information (RFI), with a potential request for proposals (RFP) to be issued later in the year, to explore the viability of taking advantage of Lake Erie winds and installing non-industrial scale wind turbines at various exits in the western part of the state.

The Thruway Authority indicated:

In fulfilling a commitment to one of the Thruway Authority’s core principles, environmental stewardship, and to assist in the attainment of the State’s Renewable Energy Portfolio goals, the Authority is seeking to realize revenue and/or reduce its non-renewable electric utility costs by using its Right-of-Way assets for the building of wind turbines while promoting environmentally friendly technologies along the Thruway in Western New York.

“Steadfast in its commitment to protecting and enhancing New York’s environment, the Thruway Authority has been managing construction projects, activities and assets in a manner that preserves natural and cultural resources,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael R. Fleischer. “The Thruway Authority is eager to hear from the wind power development industry as to how it can work towards a more sustainable environment and making New York a greener State, benefiting all New Yorkers.”

To participate in the RFI, companies must register with the Thruway Authority in Bid ID 09C34. Details here.

NYS Thruway wind power press release here. Related Albany Times Union (1/9) article here.

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