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)