Federal Officials Dedicate Miles of New York Coast for Developing Wind Power Project
On Wednesday, hundred and twenty five square miles or more was dedicated for the development of commercial wind energy in the waters off the coast of Long Island by the Federal officials. That marks an added effort towards moving closer to renewable energy proposal that was initially created by New York utilities.
Sally Jewell, U. S. Secretary of the Interior said, "Today's milestone marks another important step in the president's strategy to tap clean, renewable energy from the nation's vast wind and solar resources." She added that New York State has "tremendous" offshore wind potential.
The proposal to build the farm in the Atlantic Ocean was first taken to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in 2011by the Long Island Power Authority, New York Power Authority and Con Edison. The price for the project was expected to be between $2 billion and $4 billion. The proposed wind farm would include close to two hundred turbines which would generate approximately 700 megawatts of energy that could powering around 245,000 homes.
As per federal regulations, the bureau would have to open bidding for the wind farm project and about five companies have shown interest in leasing the area. There will be an environmental assessment to determine the effects linked to developing the farms and thereafter the leases will be given. The wind farm would remain out of sight from the shore.
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