Friday, September 23, 2011
Pols still pushing Rockaway wind farm
From the Daily News:
Clean power could come to New York City in the form of a wind farm off the coast of the Rockaways - if the governor acts fast.
The $2 billion- 4 billion project would generate hundreds, if not thousands, of new jobs and up to 700 megawatts of power, utility officials said.
Elected officials are concerned that developers will build wind farms elsewhere if New York doesn't issue a request for proposals by early next year.
"If New York does not go forward at an accelerated pace, then the jobs are going to go to other states," said Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), chairman of the Assembly's renewable energy subcommittee.
He sent a letter expressing his concerns - signed by more than 40 fellow Assembly members - to Gov. Cuomo this month.
"There's only a certain number of developers, and they're going to have to decide where they're going to get the best bang for their buck," Hevesi said.
The New York Power Authority, along with Con Edison and the Long Island Power Authority, filed an application last Thursday with the federal government to lease ocean space for the plant. It would be located at least 13 miles off- shore.
An official with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said yesterday it's unclear when a decision will be made.