Environmental Organizations Applaud Transition from Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy for our Island
Farmingdale, NY – Today the Long Island Power Authority and PSEG-Long Island released a long awaited draft plan for current and future energy needs for Long Island. New York has a target to source 50 percent of energy from renewables, including a target to add 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind power to New York’s grid, by 2030. The cost effective investments in offshore wind, energy efficiency and new renewable energy under the draft plan positions the utility to comply with New York State’s targets and outlines a bold path forward for transformation to a 21st century utility.
The three year study concluded that sinking more ratepayer funds in outdated fossil fuel power plants and building new gas plants is unnecessary given the high $5 billion cost, the reduced prices of natural gas and the fact that these outdated investments are not needed for grid reliability. Instead, the findings conclude that the most cost effective new investments will increase the growth of renewable energy from 2017 through 2030 in order to better balance and diversify Long Island’s energy needs and will stabilize and reduce costs for bill payers. The utility plans on adding 800 megawatts of offshore wind and solar in addition to 950 megawatts of rooftop solar, other renewables and energy saving measures.
Highlights of LIPA/PSEG 2017 LI Integrated Resource Plan findings
- Flat Forecasts: LIPA revised its long-term load forecasts downward now predicting virtually no growth through 2035. 1,700 MW decline by 2030 compared to 2013 forecast (equal to 3 – 5 large power plants).
- Historic Tipping Point: Instead of continued investments in outdated fossil fueled power plants, LIPA now plans to add build out renewable energy on Long Island.
- Fossil Power Going Down: Power production at Long Island’s legacy power plants has declined since 1999 from about 50% runtime to as little as 11% and is projected decline even further by 2030.
- Repowering Can’t Compete with Renewables: electricity from new or refurbished large power plants would cost as much or more than current renewable energy sources. Renewable energy is now cost competitive and future costs are expected to decline further.
- Modern Grid Additions: Instead of investing in large fossil generators, renewable energy technologies will be augmented by more flexible peaking generators, battery storage, smart grid controls and energy demand management, and distributed energy sources.
- 50% Renewables by 2030: LIPA's new Energy Guide envisions dramatic growth of renewable energy from 2017 through 2030, in line with NY State mandate to meet half of state’s electricity consumption from renewable energy sources.
- Clean Power for 350,000 Homes: 800 MW of solar & offshore wind power will provide enough power for 350,000 homes by 2030, in addition to 950 MW of energy efficiency savings, rooftop solar energy and other renewables.
- More Offshore: Governor Cuomo’s 2,400 MW of offshore wind power will likely be off Long Island’s shores and interconnect to the electric grid on Long Island.
- Aiming for 100% Renewable Energy: In his 2017 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo laid out New York’s long term objective to meet 100% of our energy needs from renewables by saying: “We want to get 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030 and we are not going to stop until we reach 100 percent renewable because that’s what a sustainable New York is really all about.”
In response, environmentalists released the following statements:Read more
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Quotes on Offshore Wind Power from Long Island Officials and Leaders
"New York is on the threshold of creating a significant market opportunity for offshore wind power through LIPA’s 280 MW renewable energy request for proposals. Making the commitment to move forward with a significant offshore wind project this year will not only help New York further its state-wide carbon reduction and renewable energy goals but will create hundreds of Long-Island based jobs in the short term and positions Long Island to serve as a major regional hub for the U.S. offshore wind industry in the long term." Joint letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo by 14 members of the Long Island Delegation of the NYS Assembly (click here for the full letter)
"[Deepwater ONE] would greatly bolster the East End's energy reliability, be environmentally friendly and help stabilize rates for residents. The proposed wind farm would be located 30 miles offshore, so it would have little or no impact on any community...Deepwater Wind has my support." Kenneth P. LaValle, NYS Senator (click here for the full statement)
"Deepwater Wind's project can be an important part of addressing the East End's energy challenges, both near-term and long-term. By producing most of its energy during the middle of the day, when LIPA needs it most, Deepwater Wind's proposal is likely to help stabilize rates." Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (click here for the full statement)
"One of the areas of renewable energy that we, as Long Islanders, can rally behind is Offshore Wind. While Upstate New York reaps the benefits of cheap hydropower, we have to play to our strength here on Long Island." Phil Boyle, NYS Senator (click here for the full statement)
"Particularly notable in the Deepwater proposal is its potential as a generator of jobs...Given our location, Long Island is ideally positioned to serve as a hub for the U.S. offshore wind industry, which would be a welcome boost for an economy that lost a vast number of defense industry jobs." Steven Bellone, Suffolk County Executive (click here for the full statement)
"Offshore wind is important for Long Island as a source of cost-effective clean energy. As an abundant domestic energy resource, offshore wind can be a big part of the energy portfolio for Long Island's future. And, unlike energy generated by fossil fuels, the cost of energy from offshore wind is 100% predictable. This is especially important here on Long Island, where we need greater rate stability and certainty to attract new businesses." Edward P. Romaine, Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven, NY (click here for the full statement)
"Our community is embracing solar PV, advanced battery storage systems and on- and offshore wind energy to fulfill our [100%] renewable energy goals. We respectfully request the LIPA Board to full honor and commit to the RFPs and what our community is embracing and encouraging. We ask that LIPA biard decisions not hinder our community goals." East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Deputy Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, Councilwoman Kathee Burkee-Gonzales (click here for the full letter)
"Long Island should be a hub of offshore wind development. With our strategic location centered on the East Coast and an advanced supply chain from the aerospace industry, the region is poised to lead. Let’s put our men and women back to work — on a project that could propel a new American energy industry." John Durso, President, Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and the president of Local 338, RWDSU/UFCW. (click here to read the full NY Daily News Opinion piece)
"By planning now for the transmission and generation of offshore wind energy, New York can be sure that this great resource will provide reliable clean energy to the public and substantial job opportunities to our skilled workforce for decades.... We believe Long Island is ideally placed to become a hub for offshore wind development considering its geography, access to skilled trades, manufacturing and the potential to develop port facilities." Roger Clayman, Executive Director, Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO (click here for the full statement)
"Faced with the burden of utility bills that threatens the competitive position of the Long Island economy, our membership seeks and supports those initiatives that will strategically lessen our dependency on fossil fuels and address the seasonal commodity price spikes that seriously harm every energy consumer. This wind farm proposal will tackle these problems, and we are urging the Long Island Power Authority to proceed with all due speed in making this proposal a reality." Desmond Ryan, Executive Director, Association for a Better Long Island (click here to read the press release from ABLI)
Deepwater Wind, a developer of offshore wind farms, has submitted a proposal to LIPA for Deepwater ONE, an offshore wind farm to be located about 30 miles east of Montauk Point of Long Island. The project will not be visible from Long Island. Deepwater is in the process of building a much smaller offshore wind farm off Rhode Island and it hopes that this and the Deepwater ONE project for Long Island will help jumpstart the offshore wind industry in the United States.
Powering Long Island's East End. Deepwater ONE would provide a much-needed source of new and clean energy for the East End of Long Island. With 35 of the largest and latest-technology offshore wind turbines, Deepwater ONE would produce enough power for 120,000 households on Long Island.
Offshore wind is a clean energy source that will improve air quality on Long Island. Deepwater ONE can displace the emission of many tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year, for decades. And all transmission cables will be buried deep below existing roadways and shoreline features – no overhead cables or new utility poles required.
Cost-Effective, Clean Energy. Deepwater ONE’s power will be cost-competitive with other sources of power. Importantly, Deepwater ONE will produce most of its energy during peak usage periods late in the day.
Who owns the Site? Deepwater Wind won the nation’s first auction for an offshore wind lease from the U.S. Department of the Interior. In total, the project site is roughly 250 square miles.
When? Deepwater ONE construction could begin in 2017, with the project in-service in 2018.
New Jobs and Investment. Deepwater ONE will create several hundred new jobs on Long Island, including work for engineers, tradesmen and women, and the gamut of jobs necessary to build and maintain a major project like this one.
Click here to read more about the project on Deepwater Wind's website.
Deepwater One Press Release:
Deepwater Wind Proposes Powering Long Island’s East End With Renewable Energy From Offshore Wind Farm
Wind Farm Will Not Be Visible from Long Island
March 26, 2014 – In response to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)’s request for new sources of renewable energy, Deepwater Wind is proposing supplying Long Island with more than 200 megawatts of renewable energy from Deepwater ONE – an offshore wind farm located approximately 30 miles east of Montauk, New York. At this distance, the wind farm will be “over the horizon,” and not visible from any point on Long Island.
Long Island is at a critical juncture in determining its energy future. The Long Island Clean Electricity Vision began at a Long Island Energy Roundtable meeting, a gathering of environmental professionals, with a simple but bold question which challenges conventional thinking:
Could Long Island meet 100 percent of its electricity needs with energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies which are available today?Read more
Global climate change threatens the area with dangers like rising sea levels, an increase in the intensity of storms including hurricanes, etc. By promoting the adoption of locally-produced renewable energy, we can help preserve our community for tomorrow’s generation, while strengthening the local electrical system’s reliability today.
Benefits of solar:
- Reduces harmful emissions and delivers reliable power when our grid needs it the most.
- Predictable low cost energy for years to come.
- Sustainable, renewable.
- Following its useful life, the project will be decommissioned – the facility will be removed and land will be restored to pre-facility conditions according to input from local authorities, conservation groups and key stakeholders.
HELP NEW YORK MEET CLEAN ENERGY GOALS
The Long Island solar projects will help New York State meet Governor Cuomo’s clean energy and carbon reduction goals.
Quotes from key influencers about solar in NY:
"When Governor Cuomo unveiled his NY-Sun Initiative at the beginning of 2012, he made increasing solar power a major initiative for the state,”
– Francis Murray, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). Solar Reviews, 06.10.13
Gov. Cuomo’s Successful NY-Sun Solar Program Will Shine through 2023. Business, Environmental Leaders Applaud Commitment to 10 Times More Clean, Affordable Solar Power in New York State.
– Reuters, 04.24.14
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Offshore Wind Farm 30 Miles Off the Coast of Long Island Will Create Jobs & Power 50,000 Long Island Homes with Clean, Resilient and Affordable Energy
With a bold directive from Governor Cuomo, and enthusiastic support from elected officials, business, labor and environmental organizations, the Long Island Power Authority has selected what will be New York's first, and the nation's largest offshore wind farm.
The 90 megawatt Deepwater Wind project, to be located out of view about 30 miles south-east of Montauk, will turn our reliable offshore breezes into clean electricity which can power 50,000 homes. The wind farm will be connected to the island's electric grid by undersea and underground cables in East Hampton, the first town in the state to have established a 100% renewable energy goal.
But this is just the beginning. In his recent State-of-the State address on Long Island, Governor Cuomo laid out a bold vision for our transition to a clean energy future and an economy powered 100 percent by renewable energy. The Governor committed to 2,400 megawatt of offshore wind power by the year 2030 which will power 1.25 million homes. Click here for our joint news release.