New York to seek 25-year lease for offshore wind farm

The New York Power Authority is applying for a lease from the federal government for the Long Island-New York City offshore wind project.

The project is seeking to develop between 350 and 700 megawatts of offshore wind generating capacity in the Atlantic Ocean by 2016.

The Authority is about to apply for a lease from the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOE), the successor to the Minerals Management Service.

The lease is required for feasibility work required for the project. Commenting on the lease application, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city had to make use of renewable energy sources to improve its air quality, improve the reliability of its network and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The city is aiming to reduce its climate change impact by 30% before 2030.

Mayor Bloomberg said: “Beginning the process of leasing the land beneath the ocean will get us closer to developing power from the Long Island-New york City offshore wind farm, which when built will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and promote economic development.”

The Long Island-NYC Offshore Wind project is being developed by the NYPA along with utility Con Edison, the Long Island Power Authority and New York city and state governments.

It is being proposed for a 64,500-acre area around 13 to 15 miles off the Long Island shore, which is outside the New York State jurisdiction, where leasing rights must be awarded by the federal government.

The project developers are seeking a 25-year lease for a $16,000 application fee. If granted, rent would be around $200,000 a year during development and construction, while the BOE will receive a portion of revenue from energy sales following completion.

NYPA will be the lead organization for the lease, and intends to assign its lease rights to an offshore wind farm developer to be selected through a competitive process.

Read the original post on July 1st, 2010.