Wind Power Law Blog Sun, 12 Jun 2016 21:40:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 22665188 New York offshore wind coalition calls for development of offshore resources Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:51:50 +0000 New coalition pushes for offshore wind off the cost of Long Island

Melville, NY – A broad coalition of New York’s environmental, business, and labor organizations today called on state and federal leaders to move forward with offshore wind development. New York has substantial offshore wind resources and there are currently several proposals to develop job-producing clean energy off the coast of Long Island.

The Wind Works 4 Long Island Coalition set a single, clear message: It is time to get moving and generate much-needed clean energy for New York from offshore wind.

Source: Citizens Campaign for the Environment

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New York streamlines power plant siting – boon to renewable energy Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:25:49 +0000 New York is on a roll when it comes to reasonably historic legislation, and the new power plant siting legislation signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo is no exception.

The famous (or infamous depending on one’s point of view) Article X, which provided for the streamlined siting of power plants, expired in 2003.  The old Article X covered plants with 80MW or more of generational capacity. The new law should permit much faster siting of power plants of only 25MW or greater capacity. It passed both the Assembly and Senate with overwhelming margins.

The decrease from 80MW to 25MW should be a significant boon to wind farm development potential in the state, as it will facilitate the installation of sites with, depending on turbine size, only some 10-17 turbines. Unsurprisingly, the new law singles out proposed wind projects to conduct studies of prospective impacts on birds and bats.

Governor Cuomo styles the new law as “An Investment to Create More Power in New York”

Per the governor’s website:

The Power NY Act of 2011 will encourage investment in clean power plants, afford communities more opportunities to meaningfully participate in the siting process, and expand opportunities for homeowners and businesses to invest in energy efficiency under the “Green Jobs/Green New York” program.

After years of gridlock, this important measure has advanced with support from industry, environmental advocates, consumer groups, labor and community organizations. The Power NY Act of 2011 will:

  • Streamline the permitting process for power plants greater than 25 megawatts by creating a “one-stop” multi-agency siting board that will make siting decisions
  • Empower communities to participate in the process by requiring power plant applicants to provide “intervenor funding” for the community affected by the proposed plant to hire experts and lawyers
  • Improve the environment and public health by requiring the siting board to determine whether a proposed facility will create a disproportionate environmental impact in a community and, if so, requires applicant to minimize or avoid those impacts
  • Reduce energy demand by allowing homeowners and businesses to pay back loans for energy efficiency upgrades using a surcharge on local utility bills
  • Create jobs by encouraging investment in new power plants and energy efficiency retrofits

    ACE-NY says that

    The renewal of Article X marks an important step forward in reform of the state’s regulatory policies for renewable energy projects so that unnecessary delays and uncertainty do not prevent developers from investing in New York’s clean energy economy.

    The law is found on the state legislature’s website. Search for companion bills A8510 or S5844.

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    NY Governor Cuomo Announces $191M in Renewable Energy Project Awards Wed, 08 Jun 2011 06:34:25 +0000 From NYSERDA (excerpted):


    NYSERDA funding will increase use of hydroelectric, wind and biofuel energy, creating up to $500 million in economic benefits to state and enough clean energy to power 145,000 homes

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Public Service Commission (PSC) have awarded $191 million to 17 power projects across the state that will produce and deliver renewable electricity to New Yorkers.

    In addition to producing clean, renewable energy, NYSERDA estimates that these power projects will produce nearly $500 million in economic benefits over the expected 20-year life of the facilities. The projects will be funded through the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which is tasked with obtaining at least 30 percent of New York’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2015.

    The projects competitively selected include four wind projects, four hydroelectric projects, seven landfill gas-to-electricity projects, and two anaerobic digester projects located at dairy farms. Once operational, the 17 projects will add 315 megawatts of renewable capacity to New York’s generator resource base and produce about 1 million megawatt-hours per year of clean renewable energy. That’s enough clean energy to supply approximately 145,000 homes per year.

    “For New York to lead the way in innovation and technology, we must provide the resources and support necessary to enhance clean energy projects today,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York has one of the most ambitious and responsible renewable energy targets in the nation: 30 percent by 2015. These projects represent the future of energy in New York State and will result in a grid that is efficient, affordable, clean and reliable for generations to come. I congratulate the recipients of these awards and thank NYSERDA and the PSC for administering this important program.”

    Wind projects selected in this solicitation include:

    • Howard Wind Farm, Canisteo, Steuben County
    • Stony Creek Wind Farm, Wyoming, Wyoming County
    • Allegany Wind Farm, Great Valley, Cattaraugus County
    • Marble River Wind Farm, Churubusco, Clinton County

    Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA said, “The RPS has been instrumental in attracting private investment in renewable energy and supporting the state’s clean energy agenda. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s commitment to clean-energy investment, we will help create jobs, improve our environment and strengthen our energy security in New York.”Garry Brown, Chairman of the PSC said, “The generation of electricity from renewable sources increases energy diversity and promotes a better environment for us all. Renewable energy, along with our energy efficiency efforts, provides our best hope toward ending dependency on fossil fuels, improving regional economies, and reducing harmful emissions.”

    Created in 2004 to promote the development of new renewable energy resources, the RPS is funded by a surcharge collected from ratepayers served by investor-owned utility companies. To date, the RPS has supported the development of 56 large-scale projects, including 18 wind farms, 25 hydroelectric facility upgrades, eight landfill-gas projects, three power plants that will partially displace coal with biomass and two anaerobic digester gas facilities. In total, these facilities will represent more than 1,883 megawatts of new renewable capacity. More information about the RPS program, including the 2010 Annual Performance Report, can be found at

    The weighted average price in today’s solicitation is $22.01 per megawatt-hour of production. In addition, NYSERDA is currently seeking proposals for the first round of the RPS regional program (PON 2156), a five-year, $150 million solicitation to fund customer-sited renewable energy projects in the downstate market. Eligible projects for this funding include solar photovoltaic (PV) and biogas-to-electricity technologies. More information can be found at


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