This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

August 21, 2002

New York Provides $17 Million for Five Wind Power Facilities

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will provide $17 million to support the development of 315 megawatts of wind power in upstate New York. New York Governor George E. Pataki announced on August 20th that grants of up to $5 million will go toward five wind energy projects, including a 100-megawatt wind power plant in Lewis County, a 75-megawatt wind plant in both Stueben and Yates counties, a 51-megawatt wind plant in Chautauqua County, a 50-megawatt wind plant in Erie County, and a 40.5-megawatt plant in Otsego County. Those counties include two along the eastern shore of Lake Erie, one about 25 miles east of Lake Ontario, one about 80 miles west of Albany, and two located in the Finger Lakes Region, about 45 miles south of Rochester.

NYSERDA will award the $17 million pending successful negotiations with each of the five developers and upon completion of the site development. See the governor's press release on the NYSERDA Web site.

NYSERDA also awarded $258,000 in late July toward a study of the potential to develop wind along the urbanized shoreline of Erie County, which includes the city of Buffalo. The study by Ecology & Environment, Inc. involves monitoring six shoreline sites to determine if there is adequate wind speed for a wind power project and will produce computer simulations showing what an eventual wind facility might look like along the shoreline. See the governor's announcement.

While New York is a leader in promoting renewable energy within the state, nearby New Jersey is doing its best to catch up: in early July, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) awarded $11.3 million to five renewable energy companies. Four of the grants were awarded as part of the Board's Grid Supply Renewable Energy Program and will help PSEG Energy Technologies install a landfill gas power plant, assist Hoburn Management Corporation with the installation of solar power systems on 40 to 50 roofs, and aid Clipper Windpower, Inc. and Community Energy, Inc. in their efforts to develop wind power projects. The fifth grant will provide $300,000 to Atlantic Renewable Energy Corporation to determine the feasibility of offshore wind power development along the New Jersey coastline. See the BPU press release (PDF 122 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.