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A newly formed collaborative among the private sector and a host of New York State and New York City agencies issued a request for information (RFI), marking the next step in the development of what could be the largest offshore wind farm proposal in the country.

In addition to the RFI, the Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative also unveiled a new Web site designed to keep the wind industry, communities and stakeholders informed of the project's progress. The RFI may be viewed or downloaded from the new Web site by visiting linycoffshorewind.com. The Web site also features news about the project, including a transmission interconnection study issued by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and Con Edison in March.

The Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Project is sponsored by a collaborative consisting of LIPA, Con Edison, New York Power Authority, the City of New York, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The group is exploring the possibility of creating an offshore wind project that would be situated approximately 13 miles off the south shore of the Rockaway Peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean. The wind project would likely be designed for 350 MW of generation, with the ability to expand it to 700 MW.

The intent of the RFI is to gauge the level of interest on the part of the wind power industry and other interested parties in developing the project and to garner insight and creativity as to how the project as envisioned can be enhanced.

Issuance of the RFI is expected to be a precursor to a request for proposals anticipated for release by the end of the year.

The transmission interconnection study concluded that an interconnection for up to 700 MW of wind power, located at a proposed location in the Atlantic Ocean, would be feasible with upgrades to the current transmission systems. An application to interconnect the offshore wind project has been filed with the New York Independent System Operator for up to 700 MW by 2015.

SOURCE: Con Edison

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