New York wind power and related updates

From around the web:

US Offshore Wind Collaborative releases “U.S. Offshore Wind Energy: A Path Forward” report. The report sums up New York offshore initiatives (pp. 12, 15) as follows:

In September 2008, Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and Consolidated Edison, Inc. (two New York-based utilities) initiated a joint study to determine suitable locations, wind energy resources, and transmission and interconnection requirements for a large wind project off Long Island. Analysis concluded that 700 MW of wind power capacity would be feasible, provided appropriate upgrades are made to the existing transmission system.

LIPA and Consolidated Edison then formed a collaborative with several other entities interested in supporting or purchasing power from a potential 350-MW wind farm 13 miles off Rockaway, possibly expandable to the full 700 MW target. Partners included the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York Power Authority, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and the New York-New Jersey Port Authority.

This collaborative issued a Request for Information in July 2009, seeking input on the proposed project from the wind industry and other stakeholders on the proposed project.

To carry out an initiative known as the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project, the New York Power Authority gathered support from wind power proponents including National Grid, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the University of Buffalo, wind power developers, and state and local environmental organizations. This combined effort is gathering a wide range of technical, financial, economic development, and environmental information that would be a basis for large-scale (capacity greater than 120 MW) private wind power development in the state’s future.

NYSERDA Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 1283 – deadline for submissions December 2, 2009.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) seeks proposals to establish New York-based wind and photovoltaic (PV) test and research centers to address performance of wind and solar PV systems. The Centers will focus on testing and research related to system and component safety, performance, reliability, durability and longevity. Each Center will be made up of a coalition that could include university and private team members with expertise in the appropriate areas. The test center(s) will have physical testing at one or more locations in New York State. Teams may propose to establish a PV test and research center, a wind test and research center, or both. It is anticipated that one PV center and one wind center will be selected for funding.

New York City Buildings Department issues BULLETIN 2009-015 to establish “a protocol for acceptance criteria development, testing and approval of wind turbine product assemblies”:

In accordance with Section 28-113 of the Administrative Code, products that are identified in the Construction Codes or that the Commissioner identifies must be tested in accordance with national consensus standards by a Department-approved testing agency and be listed by such testing agency as having passed the acceptance standards of the test. In the case of wind turbine assemblies to be mounted on or near buildings or in otherwise occupied areas, there is no such national consensus standard for other than electrical components and there is no nationally recognized testing laboratory that performs testing on wind turbine assemblies. As wind turbines have the promise of generating distributed renewable power, in recognition of New York City’s long-term PlaNYC initiative to reduce carbon emissions and in the interest of the safety of New Yorkers, the Department establishes the following protocol by which manufacturers may have their products approved by the Commissioner.

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Long Island–NYC Offshore Wind Collaborative releases RFI

If you are interested in the potential of offshore wind in New York, or even if you consider yourself a NIMO (Not In My Ocean; pronounced “Nemo” of course), read on:

The Long Island – New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative Releases Request for Information

… A newly formed collaborative between the private sector and a host of New York State and New York City agencies issued Tuesday a Request for Information (RFI) marking the next step in the development of what could be the largest offshore wind farm proposal in the country.

In addition to the RFI, the Long Island–New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative also unveiled a new Web site designed to keep the wind industry, communities and stakeholders informed of the project’s progress. The RFI may be viewed or downloaded from the new Web site by visiting www.linycoffshorewind.com. The Web site also features news about the project including a transmission interconnection study issued by LIPA and Con Edison in March.

The Long Island–New York City Offshore Wind Project is sponsored by a collaborative consisting of:

  • Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)
  • Con Edison
  • New York Power Authority (NYPA)
  • The City of New York
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

The group is exploring the possibility of creating an offshore wind project that would be situated approximately 13 miles off the south shore of the Rockaway Peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean. The wind project would likely be designed for 350 megawatts (MW) of generation, with the ability to expand it to 700 MW, giving it the potential to be the largest offshore wind project in the country.

The intent of the RFI is to gauge the level of interest on the part of the wind power industry and other interested parties in developing the project and to garner insight and creativity as to how the project as envisioned can be enhanced.

Issuance of the RFI is expected to be a precursor to a Request for Proposals (RFP) anticipated for release by the end of 2009. The Collaborative would use the RFP to seek proposals from private development firms and/or members of the collaborative to build the project and enter into agreements to sell the clean energy it produces.

The concept for the offshore wind project emanated from Governor David A. Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force and is consistent with the Governor’s “45 by 15” program, which establishes the goal for New York State to meet 45 percent of its electricity needs through improved energy efficiency and renewable sources by the year 2015.

The transmission interconnection study concluded that an interconnection for up to 700 MW of wind power, located at a proposed location in the Atlantic Ocean would be feasible with upgrades to the current transmission systems. An application to interconnect the offshore wind project has been filed with the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) for up to 700 MW by 2015.

Members of the Collaborative reiterated a strong desire to help implement the project and some expressed an interest to purchase clean renewable energy from the project. NYPA and NYSERDA indicated they would be able to lend technical support by way of consultants working with each agency on wind power projects. NYSERDA also indicated the possibility of funding being made available from moneys through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative aimed at advancing clean, renewable energy projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

The New York State Department of State and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will offer general information on the planning and regulatory aspects of the project.

The RFI:

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit information from the wind power industry and other interested parties, including community groups, to support the development of a Request for Proposal (RFP) through which the Collaborative will pursue a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that would support the installation of up to 700 MW of offshore wind generation by one or more private developers. The RFP will contain appropriate terms, conditions and other information to encourage the submission of high quality proposals from capable wind power developers. The Collaborative intends to issue the RFP by the end of 2009. This RFI is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or obligation on the part of the Collaborative.

Request for Information is available here. Responses to the Request for Information are due August 31, 2009.

NYSERDA awards $1.5M to SUNY Buffalo for clean energy business incubator program

From NYSERDA:

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced an award of $1.5 million to the University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach to establish a clean energy business incubator program that will provide business support to accelerate the successful development of early-stage, clean energy technology companies in Western New York. Through this award and other ongoing efforts, NYSERDA is building the capacity to foster innovative clean energy companies, grow the clean energy industry in New York, and expand the State’s “green collar” workforce…

Press release here.

Video here.

NY Governor Paterson announces battery and energy storage consortium

New York Governor David A. Paterson on May 5

announced the creation the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (known as NY BEST), implementing a key goal identified in his State of the State address and helping to position New York as the global leader in energy storage technology. The research and development initiative is one of the first of its kind in the nation and is a critical component in advancing the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) industry in New York.

Under the guidance of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), NY BEST will capitalize on the State’s existing technical and industrial capabilities and help bring together scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to advance New York’s clean energy and storage technology industries. The State will invest more than $25 million to finance the Consortium, using funding from New York’s participation in the federal Clean Air Interstate Rule. A portion of that funding will also go toward the development of a battery-testing laboratory to be located in New York…

Additional information on the NY BEST Consortium is available on the NYSERDA website at http://www.nyserda.org/cair/nybest/.

New York energy-related federal stimulus funding

So you work in the renewables (maybe wind) sector and you’d like a piece of the nearly $4 billion federal stimulus (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 [ARRA]) pie available to New York energy projects.

The New York government has a website devoted to the topic: http://www.recovery.ny.gov/.

A factsheet keyed in on available energy stimulus funding is available. A more generalized handbook concerning all funding opportunities is here.

NYSERDA also has posted information, online here. The agency indicates that if you have a specific question, you should email EconomicRecovery@nyserda.org or call 1‐866‐NYSERDA (1‐866‐697‐3732).  [Added 5/5/2009: NYSERDA should be receiving nearly $30 million in federal funds for small municipalities through the Energy Efficiency Block Grant Program (EEBGP), which provides grants to U.S. local governments, states, territories, and Indian tribes, to fund projects that reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency. NYSERDA must first submit an application to the Department of Energy by May 26, 2009. Once approval is received, NYSERDA will issue information on how to apply for funds.  Information on the EEBGP here.]

Questions on federal stimulus monies for New York also may be directed to the Department of Public Service’s Kimberly Harriman.

The time to act is now, as application deadlines loom. You can apply here.

Incentives for Eligible Wind Energy Systems Installers

NYSERDA (the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority which, among other things, administers the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard or RPS) issues approximately $1.5 million per year in incentives to encourage the development of a network of Eligible Installers who will install end-use wind energy systems for residential, commercial, institutional or government use.

The incentives, of up to $150,000 per site, will be paid to Eligible Installers who install approved new grid-connected wind generation systems using Qualified equipment; eligibility requirements are described below.

Incentives are intended to benefit both the installer for business development, and the wind generation system owner, where generated power offsets the customer’s utility power purchases. The Eligible Installer must pass through incentives directly to their customers. Incentive levels depend on wind generator size, tower height, and customer type and are posted on www.PowerNaturally.org.

Information about the program is available in Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 1098, which was released in 2007. Applications accepted through December 31, 2009 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

The PON predated legislative changes in 2008 that expanded New York’s net metering regime and which encourage more wind on the grid.

SUNY Buffalo Law study advocates western NY offshore wind development

A new study produced by the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School Environment and Development Clinic for the Wind Action Group cites environmental and economical benefits related to the exploitation of the considerable wind resources on the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The study recommends the development of single state policy, led by NYSERDA and the New York Power Authority or NYPA, to achieve such benefits.

The report avers that if only 10% of the potential wind offshore wind resource in western New York were captured, it would produce some 8,200 MW of electricity, the equivalent of more than three power plants the size of the Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Plant, and enough to power 360,000 homes.

A copy of the press release is here. [http://www.buffalo.edu/news/9388]

The full report is here. [http://www.greengold.org/wind/documents/113.pdf]