[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Long Island Power Authority scrapping ocean wind park  

In the end, it was the cost that blew away the wind farm.

Long Island Power Authority Chairman Kevin Law confirmed Thursday that the utility is scrapping plans to create a $700 million wind energy park with 40 turbines in an 8-square-mile area in the Atlantic Ocean, not far from Jones Beach.

“It’s just too expensive,” Law told The Associated Press. “It’s not going to work. …This is an economically based decision. We didn’t even have to consider environmental or aesthetic concerns.”

Initially popular with environmental activists, politicians and residents, support for the project has faded since it was first proposed in 2003, both because of construction costs, as well as fears the pristine landscape of Long Island’s south shore beaches would be permanently altered.

It is the second offshore wind project to be scrapped in recent months. A developer in South Texas called off construction of about 170 turbines there after determining it no longer made economic sense to proceed. That developer said building an offshore farm would have been more than double the cost of one on land.

Plans are proceeding for an offshore wind farm in Massachusetts, where a company called Cape Wind hopes to build 130 windmills in Nantucket Sound. Cape Wind has not said how much that project would cost. Developers in Delaware also are planning an offshore wind farm.

Original estimates for construction on the Long Island wind farm were between $150 and $200 million. In 2004, FPL Energy, a subsidiary of Florida Power & Light, won the right to build the project with a bid of $356 million, pending regulatory approvals. The latest estimates put the cost at $697 million.

Although FPL would have paid for the cost of construction, they inevitably would have passed on those costs to Long Island electric ratepayers, Law said. He said an independent report commissioned by LIPA on the economics of the $700 million project released Thursday found the costs to be “significantly” higher than traditional forms of energy generation.

An analysis by Dowling College’s Long Island Economic and Social Policy Institute found the cost would be more than six times that of standard power. The cost of the turbines alone were estimated at $350 million, Law said, in addition to higher costs associated with placing the windmills in the ocean, rather than on land.

A call to FPL for comment was not immediately returned, but the company told Newsday it had not received official word from LIPA that the project was being scrapped. The LIPA board of directors will meet next month to officially vote on scrapping the wind farm.

In a recent report, the Department of Energy said the nation’s wind-power capacity increased by 27 percent in 2006, and that the U.S. had the fastest-growing wind-power capacity in the world in 2005 and 2006. Still, despite wind farms now operating in 36 states, wind accounts for less than 1 percent of the U.S. power supply.

LIPA provides electric service to more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens.

By Frank Eltman
Associated Press Writer


23 August 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.