Recent New York wind power and related news items

New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel announced the release of a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of offshore wind power projects in the New York State waters of Lake Erie and/or Lake Ontario. NYPA says “Not only will this represent the first initiative in the Great Lakes, it will be the first wind power development of any kind in a fresh water body in the nation… The Power Authority is soliciting proposals for the development of a utility scale, offshore wind power project in the range of 120 megawatts (MW) to 500 MW. Respondents have been asked to include all project costs in their bids. The project would interconnect with new or existing transmission facilities of the appropriate regional electric utilities, which are all controlled by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). The NYISO operates New York’s bulk electricity grid and administers the state’s wholesale electricity markets. The Power Authority would purchase the full output of the project under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).” (NYPA, 12/1)

Berkeley National Lab study shows no widespread impact by wind turbines on residential property values. It says:

The various analyses are strongly consistent in that none of the models uncovers conclusive evidence of the existence of any widespread property value impacts that might be present in communities surrounding wind energy facilities. Specifically, neither the view of the wind facilities nor the distance of the home to those facilities is found to have any consistent, measurable, and statistically significant effect on home sales prices. (The Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values in the United States: A Multi-Site Hedonic Analysis, 12/2009)

Schenectady County issues “State of the Environment” report. The report notes that

In anticipation of the increasing demand for wind energy, the towns of Duanesburg, Rotterdam and Niskayuna have recently established zoning ordinances for wind energy development.

and it recommends that

Schenectady County should investigate the potential to develop available wind resources for power production and determine the best role for County resources in developing that potential. (Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council, 10/26 )

New York City residents can chose green power with the click of a mouse.  (Green Power NYC)

NYSEG receives $29M in federal stimulus for compressed air energy storage project. (Democrat & Chronicle, 11/30; Empire State news, 11/28)

China Wind Power IPO intends to raise $2.2B; backers include New York private equity firm WL Ross & Co., founded by billionaire Wilbur L. Ross Jr. (NYT, 11/23)

Berkeley Lab releases “Wind Technologies Market Report”

New Study Sheds Light on the Growing U.S. Wind Power Market

Berkeley, California – For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. was home to the fastest-growing wind power market in the world in 2008, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Specifically, U.S. wind power capacity additions increased by 60 percent in 2008, representing a $16 billion investment in new wind projects. “At this pace, wind is on a path to becoming a significant contributor to the U.S. power mix,” notes report author Ryan Wiser, of Berkeley Lab. Wind projects accounted for 42% of all new electric generating capacity added in the U.S. in 2008, and wind now delivers nearly 2% of the nation’s electricity supply.

The 2008 edition of the “Wind Technologies Market Report” provides a comprehensive overview of developments in the rapidly evolving U.S. wind power market. The need for such a report has become apparent in the past few years, as the wind power industry has entered an era of unprecedented growth, both globally and in the United States. At the same time, the last year has been one of upheaval, with the global financial crisis impacting near-term growth prospects for the wind industry, and with federal policy changes enacted to push the industry towards continued aggressive expansion. “With the market evolving at such a rapid pace, keeping up with trends in the marketplace has become increasingly difficult,” notes report co-author Mark Bolinger. “Yet, the need for timely, objective information on the industry and its progress has never been greater…this report seeks to fill this need.”

Drawing from a variety of sources, this report analyzes trends in wind power capacity growth, turbine size, turbine prices, installed project costs, project performance, wind power prices, and how wind prices compare to the price of conventional generation. It also describes developer consolidation trends, current ownership and financing structures, and trends among major wind power purchasers. Finally, the report examines other factors impacting the domestic wind power market, including grid integration, transmission issues, and policy drivers. The report concludes with a preview of possible near- to medium-term market developments….

2008 Wind Technologies Market Report

PowerPoint presentation summarizing key findings

Department of Energy’s press release