Largest U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Approved for Long Island Waters

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By Gerald B. Silverman

Deepwater Wind LLC won approval Jan. 25 to develop the nation’s largest offshore wind farm in a major step toward supplying half of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

The Long Island Power Authority approved the 90-megawatt project off the tip of Long Island. The South Fork Wind Farm will have 15 turbines and generate enough electricity to power 50,000 homes.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D), a big supporter of the project, said it was the first step toward his goal of developing 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030. The area where South Fork will be developed, 30 miles off the coast of Montauk, N.Y., can host up to 1,000 megawatts of wind power, he said.

“This bold action marks the next step in our unprecedented commitment to offshore wind, as well as our ambitious long-term energy goal of supplying half of all electricity from renewable sources by 2030,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Second Offshore Wind Project

South Fork will be the second offshore wind farm in the country, according to Jeffrey Grybowski, chief executive officer of Deepwater.

“There is a huge clean energy resource blowing off of our coastline just over the horizon, and it is time to tap into this unlimited resource to power our communities,” he said in a statement.

The project has wide support among environmental groups, Long Island businesses and state lawmakers.

The Power Authority approved the project under a 20-year pay-for-performance agreement with Deepwater that will allow the authority to only pay for delivered electricity without taking on construction or operating risks, Cuomo said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Gerald B. Silverman in Albany, N.Y. at GSilverman@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl at lpearl@bna.com

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