Long Island - NYC Collaborative Files for Offshore Wind Farm Lease

John Caravella Esq.
May 31, 2012 — 1,143 views  

A proposed wind farm off the south shore of Long Island recently took a significant step forward in development by submitting their Request for Commercial Leaseof a portion of the continental shelf.

The Collaborative, which is currently comprised of The Long Island Power Authority, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. ('Con Edison'), and the New York Power Authority, has made this application with the goal of developing a proposed offshore wind farm to supply the Long Island and New York City region with 'clean, renewable energy'.

The proposed project is designed for 350 MW of electrical production, and is expandable to 700 MW of production. The lease application seeks 81,500 acres, from the Rockaways east to Robert Moses State Park, aproximately 13 miles off shore. The expected cost of a 350-megawatt project, which would power roughly 112,000 homes, is $415 million, while an upgrade to 700 megawatts would cost an additional $406 million.

Although there have been prior applications made for offshore wind farms, this propsed site is also claiming to provide another essential contribution needed today, jobs. The project would entail thousands of manhours in labor for the manufacture, delivery, installation, and maintenance of the facility.

Studies have shown that the implementation of the wind farm would displace roughly 540,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to removing 120,000 cars from local roads, according to the collaborative’s website.

Not all are certain the project would be beneficial, however.

Recently elected Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens and Brooklyn) said the “efficacy of wind farms might need more study.”

Turner said he wants to see further research on the wind farms off the coast of Europe before the United States puts a great deal of money into funding one here.

John Caravella Esq.

The Law Offices of John Caravella, P.C.

Mr. Caravella, a construction attorney admitted to practice in all NY and FL state courts, represents architects, contractors, sub-contractors, engineers & owners in all phases of construction. He has education & working experience in architecture.