Hanover NY discusses offshore wind energy project | The Observer

Hanover Town Supervisor Katherine Tampio announced she received notice that a company – Lake Erie Wind LLC – has filed an application to acquire an underwater land lease from New York state at the town board meeting Monday. The request stems from the state’s push for an offshore wind farm.

Hanover discusses offshore wind energy project | The Observer. (3/23)

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.

NYPA announces Great Lakes offshore wind power initiative

Big day in the U.S. offshore wind world, with important developments on the New York state and federal levels.

First, from the New York Power Authority (NYPA):

BUFFALO—In recognition of the celebration of Earth Day, New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today announced a major public-private initiative for the potential development of wind power projects in the New York State waters of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

NYPA today released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to initiate efforts to develop offshore wind projects in the Great Lakes.  A Request for Proposals (RFP) to examine technical issues related to the viability of such projects is expected to be released before the end of the month.

To carry out the initiative known as the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project, NYPA, with the support of wind power proponents including National Grid, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, state and local environmental organizations, wind power developers and the University of Buffalo, is gathering a wide range of environmental, economic development, technical, financial and other information to serve as the foundation for the possible installation of wind power projects by one or more private wind power developers, sized to a minimum of 120 megawatts…

Full press release here.

From the RFEI:

  • The New York Power Authority (“NYPA”) is seeking technical, financial, environmental and commercial information from the wind power industry and regional stakeholders to determine the prospects for the development of a utility scale wind generating project in New York State waters of Lake Erie and/or Lake Ontario.
  • Based on an evaluation of the information received pursuant to this RFEI, NYPA may elect to proceed with a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) seeking the development of a large scale wind project in one of the Lakes.
  • The RFP would be expected to result in the selection of a developer to construct, own, operate and maintain the wind project and to sell the output under a long term Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”).

The RFEI can be accessed at www.nypa.gov/GreatLakesWindRFEI.htm.

Parties interested in responding to the RFEI should provide a Notice of Intent to Respond to NYPA on or before May 18, 2009, which includes all pertinent contact information (lead contact name, company, phone number and e-mail address). This notice is for administrative purposes only and is not mandatory.

Responses to this RFEI should be sent to the following no later than June 15, 2009:  Mr. Jordan Brandeis Vice President – Power Resources, Planning and Acquisition New York Power Authority 123 Main Street White Plains, NY 10601.

If you intend to respond and require assistance, please contact Clifford Rohde at 518-641-1005 or cliff@cliffordrohde.com.

Second, the feds. Only a few short weeks after burying the hatchet with FERC, the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service released a long-anticipated framework for offshore energy development. The final rules will go into effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

MMS press release here.

Final rules (all 579 pages) here.

The two issues are intertwined, as noted by our friends at the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative:

For the Great Lakes, these rules may have implications as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard are currently drafting offshore wind development rules and guidelines for the Great Lakes. The agencies may, in part, model the Great Lakes rules off this framework. To find out more about the Great Lakes offshore wind development status, be sure to attend the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative’s 2nd Annual Meeting June 10-11 in Milwaukee where the Corps and the Coast Guard will be presenting a briefing on where the framework/rulemaking stands for the Great Lakes. For more information and to register for this informative meeting, go to http://www.glc.org/energy/wind/conf2009.html.

New York wind energy developments

Town of Fulton considers wind development

The Schenectady Daily Gazette reports (July 15) reports on the apparent ambivalence of town residents as expressed at a town board meeting that addressed the potential location of wind farms in the area.

Galloo Island wind farm

Palladium Times (July 11) reports on a presentation made to Oswego County legislators regarding the Hounsfield Wind Farm (Jefferson County). While the proposed Hounsfield wind farm itself is in Jefferson County, the necessary transmission line would go through neighboring Oswego County.

Iberdrola-Energy East

Newsli.com (July 12) reports that two more New York politicians (state senate Democratic members Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) and Bill Perkins (D-Manhattan) have announced their support for Iberdrola’s proposed acquisition of Energy East, currently under review at the New York Public Service Commission (PSC). More here on the NY PSC’s consideration of the Iberdrola-Energy East transaction.

Lackawanna Steel Winds wind project will get new turbines

Buffalo News (July 11) reports that the City of Lackawanna Planning Board approved a site plan for 13 new wind turbines for the Steel Winds. Steel Winds is a project of Clipper Windpower.

New York Attorney General Investigation

More on the investigation into First Wind (formerly UPC Wind) and Noble Environmental Power, LLC:

Offshore wind projects

Buffalo News (July 12) reports on the potential of offshore wind projects, particularly around the Great Lakes. Advantages include stronger, more consistent wind resources (including during the day when demand is high), potentially reduced zoning jurisdicitional requirements; challenges include ice and cost and the environmental impact.  Here for description of a recent offshore wind report focusing on New York.

Potential Orange County municipal wind project

Times Herald-Record (July 15) reports on a potential project at Greenwood Lake. Meteorological testing has begun.

Spafford wind law

Skaneateles Press on CNYLInk (July 15) reports that the Town of Spafford discussed a proposed wind turbine law, aimed at regulating the use of smaller scale turbines. Among those present at the Town Board meeting was a representative of the Town of Skaneateles, who expressed concern that that the town had not been notified of the proposed law.

Lake Erie wind monitoring project grant available

The Wisconsin (not a typo) Public Service Commission (PSC) is accepting grant applications through August 4, 2008, for a Lake Erie wind monitoring project.

The project scope is to collect and analyze 12 months of tall tower wind data from an existing 100 meter tall site within 0.5 miles of Lake Erie. (A grant is available for a separate project relating to Lake Michigan).

The Great Lakes Tall Tower Wind Monitoring program is funded by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to the State of Wisconsin.

All applications are due to the PSC by August 4, 2008.

Here for Wisconsin PSC Great Lakes Tall Tower Wind Monitoring program grant application and guidelines.