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April 26, 2002

Wind Generators On Long Island

By Gordian Raacke

What if we could find a way to generate electricity for Long Island without emitting harmful air pollutants and greenhouse gases and without having to rely on imported fossil fuels?

A just released, ground-breaking report says it's possible right here off the shores of Long Island: some 5,200 MW of electric capacity could be developed off Long Island's South shore from wind energy today!!!

Newsday is conducting a poll and already over 80% of the respondents favor the idea.
Go to:
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-li-windmills.poll
to make your voice heard and participate in the poll.

Read up on the story in Newsday at: http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lilipa232681217apr23.story

Here is a brief summary of the report:

bulletthe most feasible offshore area for wind generators is a 314 square-mile band that stretches along the entire south shore and to the east of Montauk Point;

bulleta 100 MW offshore project would cost about $150 to $180 million;

bulletinterconnections costs would range from $40 to $70 million;

bulletenergy production cost are estimated to range from 6 cents to 9 cents per kWh (kilowatt-hour)

bulletdeveloping wind generators within the entire south shore band (which runs three to six miles offshore) could produce about 5,200 MW of electricity;

bulletdeveloping wind generators in a smaller, 135 square mile band running three miles offshore could produce as much as 2,250 MW of power;

bulletmost offshore wind generation developed in Europe has been done in water 50 feet or less in depth;

bulletthe rotor hub for an offshore wind turbine would be 262 feet above the surface of the water, and rotor blades 164 feet long would make the tip of the rotor reach a height of 426 feet above the surface of the water;

bulletan initial assessment suggests the avian impacts (birds) should not be ecologically significant; however a more detailed study would be needed at specific site

bulletlocations; and the permitting process, due to multiple oversight entities, would take a minimum of three years.

The full report is available at online at: http://www.lipower.org/pdfs/features/LIPA%20Offshore%20Final%20Report.pdf

LIPA is planning to pursue an initial project of 100 MW (33 turbines of 3 MW each). While Jones Beach was mentioned as one possible location along with Montauk, no choice has been made as to where the first off-shore project would be located.

 

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