by Chris de Morsella, Green Economy Post
In order to begin reducing New York State’s dependence on fossil fuel for electric generation and to expand industrial economic development opportunities in upstate New York, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) is soliciting proposals for the development of utility scale (120 MW to 500 MW) wind generating projects in New York State waters of Lake Erie and/or Lake Ontario. These projects will interconnect with new or existing transmission facilities of the appropriate regional electric utilities, which are all controlled by the New York Independent System Operator. The Authority will purchase the full output of the these offshore wind power projects under a long term Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”).
The release of this RFP has followed several months of outreach to community and business leaders, local and state officials, environmentalists and the general public, whose feedback was incorporated into the document. NYPA had announced the major public-private initiative for the potential development of wind power projects in the New York State waters of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario in April.
Proposals are due on June 1, 2010, and the NYPA plans to select a winning project by December 2010.
Project Site Selection Is Being Finalized
The Authority has conducted preliminary wind resource studies, site screening studies, environmental studies and other technical studies with respect to the New York waters of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario to investigate potentially feasible locations for siting Projects. The Authority will post pertinent information from technical studies related to this matter on the Authority Web site as such information becomes available. Respondents are encouraged to regularly check the Authority Web site for these studies.
Links to RFP and Supporting Documents
* Exhibit B – Power Purchase Agreement
* Exhibit C – “New York Power Authority – Appendix J – Policy Providing for Certain Procurement Disclosure” – also available in .pdf (printer-friendly) version
PLEASE NOTE: Potential bidders are advised to register, view and download the RFP document from this link – http://www.nypa.gov/ppa/login.aspx – in order to receive updates by e-mail as they are issued.
For more information on the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project, contact us at NYPAWindPower@nypa.gov.
About the New York Power Authority (NYPA)
The New York Power Authority (“Authority”) is a corporate municipal instrumentality and political subdivision of the State of New York that provides low-cost electricity to governmental agencies, municipal electric systems, rural electric cooperatives, manufacturers and to investor-owned utilities for resale without profit to retail customers across New York State.
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