New York has given the go-ahead to what would be the nation's largest offshore wind farm, a 90 MW installation to be located 30 miles southeast of Montauk and out of sight of Long Island. The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) this week approved a 20-year contract with Deepwater Wind's South Fork Wind Farm, specifying it would pay only for the energy and not construction or operation. Deepwater Wind has said construction on the wind farm could start by 2019 with the project in operation by 2022.
Statoil submitted the winning bid during the online offshore wind auction conducted by BOEM. The 32,000-hectare lease could ultimately accommodate more than 1 GW of offshore wind power. The site is 30 km off the coast of Long Island in water depths of 20 - 40 m. Statoil's bid was $42.5 million.
On October 27, 2016, BOEM announced the publication of the Final Sale Notice (FSN) for a lease sale offshore New York and the availability of a revised environmental assessment for site assessment and site characterization activities in the area.
The lease area is located 11.5 nautical miles (nm) from Jones Beach, NY. From its western edge, the area extends approximately 24 nmi southeast at its longest portion. The project area consists of 5 full OCS blocks and 143 sub-blocks. Materials related to the FSN are below.
Report prepared by University of Delaware’s Special Initiative on Offshore Wind. This study recommends a strategic approach the state of New York can take to reduce the costs of offshore wind.
A new study, conducted by the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind for the Energy Research and Development Authority, offers a roadmap of key strategic steps can take to reduce costs of offshore wind power over the next decade. The study finds that ongoing technology and industry advances combined with actions could take, independently or with other states, could lower costs for offshore wind power as much as 50 percent and bring the clean-energy source closer to realizing its potential for "delivering utility-scale renewable electric generation" to and nearby areas such as .
The study identifies multiple paths for reducing offshore wind power costs in , emphasizing that the "State can take actions in the near term to lower its costs substantially, independent of expected external reductions over the next decade." The study finds that taking advantage of wind turbine innovations and other technology and industry advances could lower costs about 20 percent. Direct steps taken by could contribute up to an additional 30 percent reduction in a project's cost.http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/File%20Library/About/SIOW/New-York-Offshore-Wind-Cost-Reduction-Study-ff8-2.pdf