Long Island Power, FPL Energy Apply to Build an Offshore Wind Plant

May 04, 2005


Photo of a string of large offshore wind turbines.

The proposed Long Island facility will use GE Energy's 3.6-megawatt wind turbine, shown here installed off the coast of Ireland.
Credit: GE Energy ©2004, General Electric Company

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and FPL Energy are moving ahead with their plans to build a 140-megawatt wind power facility off the south shore of Long Island. The two companies announced in late April that they were jointly filing an application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, thereby starting an extensive state and federal review of the project. The project will consist of 40 3.6-megawatt wind turbines clustered in an eight-square-mile area about 4.1 miles south of Cedar Beach, with a 10-mile transmission cable to connect the facility to an existing substation in West Amityville. See the LIPA press release.

Meanwhile, the developers of two other North American offshore wind projects are planning to work together to cut costs. Cape Wind Associates, LLC plans to build a 420-megawatt wind project on Horseshoe Shoal, five miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Nai Kun Wind Development Inc. plans to build a 700-megawatt wind project off the north coast of British Columbia. Under a collaboration agreement announced on May 2nd, the companies will jointly procure the foundations, towers, turbines, blades, and power cables for both projects. The companies also plan to pool their skills and experience on other aspects of the projects, such as maintenance regimes, marine service vessels and best practices. See the Nai Kun press release.

While offshore wind projects remain in the planning stages, wind projects on land continue to charge ahead. In late April, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) increased its forecast for new wind power capacity this year. AWEA now expects up to 2,500 megawatts of new U.S. wind power capacity this year, a record growth that could exceed the previous record by 50 percent. See the AWEA press release.