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The three year study concluded that sinking more ratepayer funds in outdated fossil fuel power plants and building new gas plants is unnecessary given the high $5 billion cost, the reduced prices of natural gas and the fact that these outdated investments are not needed for grid reliability.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- Historic Tipping Point: Instead of continued investments in outdated fossil fueled power plants, LIPA now plans to add build out renewable energy on Long Island.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
Groups Praise Governor Cuomo & LIPA for Recommending Approval of Nation's Largest Offshore Wind Project
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 14, 2016
Groups Praise Governor Cuomo and LIPA for Recommending Approval of Nation's Largest Offshore Wind Project
Uniondale, N.Y.— The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) announced today it is recommending development of New York’s first ever offshore wind farm. LIPA’s board will formally vote on the proposed contract at a meeting next Wednesday.
Slated to be the the largest in the nation, this 90-megawatt, 15-turbine offshore wind farm would be located far off the coast of Montauk, at the eastern end of Long Island. Deepwater Wind, one of the country’s leading offshore wind companies, would spearhead the project, which is estimated to be three times larger than the Block Island wind farm project slated to begin operation off the shores of Rhode Island later this year.
For over five years, local, state and national organizations along with communities up and down Long Island in partnership with labor, municipal leaders and businesses have been actively engaged in pushing LIPA to embrace offshore wind power. Today, they cheered this announcement as the necessary first step in a bold long-term large scale offshore wind program for New York. The project will produce enough energy to power about 50,000 Long Island homes by 2022.
The Long Island Power Authority is expected to formally approve the project at the July 20, 2016 board meeting. LIPA and Deepwater Wind are expected to finalize all financial plans for the project by 2017.Read more
The 2nd annual South Fork 100% Renewable Energy Forum will take place on June 28, 2017
The 2nd annual South Fork 100% Renewable Energy Forum will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 12:30PM to 6:15PM at LTV in Wainscott. With both Southampton and East Hampton townships now aiming to meet community-wide electricity needs 100% with renewable energy sources, elected officials, energy experts and community stakeholders will be gathering to learn, discuss and plan for the energy transformation of Long Island's South Fork.
The event, organized by Renewable Energy Long Island and co-sponsored by the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton, is open to the public and free of charge but RSVPs are required as space is limited.
Refreshments will be served.
RSVP today to reserve your seat.
75 Industrial Rd
Wainscott, NY 11975
11:30 AM Pre-program activity (outside):
Tesla Airstream display of Tesla PowerWall (Home Battery Storage), Tesla Solar Roof, and Tesla cars
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Registration, Light Lunch and Initiation of the Mapping Exercise
1:00 – 1:05 PM
Welcome: Linda James, Town of East Hampton Energy Sustainability Committee
1:05 PM –1:25 PM
The South Fork as Leading Edge of New York’s Energy Transformation
Gordian Raacke, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Long Island (RELI)
1:25 PM – 2:15 PM
Technical Solutions Panel
Facilitator: Gordian Raacke, Renewable Energy Long Island
Offshore Wind for the South Fork, Jennifer Garvey, Deepwater Wind
Reducing Peak Demand, Bruce Humenik, Applied Energy Group
South Fork Energy Efficiency, Lynn Arthur, Tri-Energy
2:15 PM – 2:35 PM
Short video of East Hampton Energy Awareness Day 2016
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM
Policy Solutions Panel
Facilitator: James Gallagher, New York Smart Grid Consortium
LIPA Integrated Resource Plan, Tom Falcone, LIPA CEO
New York Offshore Wind Master Plan, Greg Matzat, NYSERDA
Changing Markets & Emerging Distributed Energy, Julia Bovey
3:35 PM – 3:45 PM
Short video "New York is Building the Energy System of Tomorrow Today"
3:45 PM - 4:35 PM
South Fork Initiatives Panel: Goals, Opportunities and Challenges
Facilitator: Peter Van Scoyoc, Deputy Supervisor, Town of East Hampton
Town of East Hampton, Supervisor Larry Cantwell
Town of Southampton, Supervisor Jay Schneiderman
East Hampton Resilience Initiatives, Jeremy Samuelson
Southampton Sustainability Initiatives, Dieter von Lehsten
4:35 PM – 5:25 PM
The Way Forward Panel
Facilitator: Krae Van Sickle, East Hampton Energy Sustainability Committee
Transportation, Nick Palumbo, Suffolk Community College
Renewable Heating, Donovan Gordon, NYSERDA
Managing High Levels of Distributed Energy Resources, Brian Fitzsimons, GridUnity
5:25 PM – 5:40 PM
5:40 PM – 6:00 PM
6:00 PM – 6:10 PM
Concluding Remarks Linda James, Town of East Hampton Energy Sustainability Comm.
Gordian Raacke, Renewable Energy Long Island
Long Island Assembly Members, Community, Conservation Leaders Call on Gov. Cuomo, LIPA to Commit to Offshore Wind
Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island speaks at the Rally for Renewables on October 30, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2014
Long Island Assembly Members, Community, Conservation Leaders Call on Gov. Cuomo, LIPA to Commit to Offshore Wind
Assembly Delegation letter & 20,000 petitions signatures presented at rally
Uniondale – Today, Assemblyman Englebright joined dozens of community leaders at a rally outside LIPA headquarters calling on Governor Cuomo and LIPA to commit to offshore wind power this year. The Assemblyman presented LIPA with a letter of from the Long Island delegation that highlights the tremendous economic opportunity that would come with building wind off Long Island’s coasts.
In addition to the letter, conservation groups presented LIPA and the Department of Public Service with more than 20,000 petition signatures. The groups urged LIPA to follow through on their commitment to invest in 280MW of new renewable energy this year by choosing an offshore wind project 30 miles off the coast of Montauk.Read more
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)
A Hub for Long Island Offshore Wind News
January 25, 2017: (Uniondale, Long Island, NY)
GROUPS APPLAUD LIPA, GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR HISTORIC ACTION ADVANCING NATION'S LARGEST OFFSHORE WIND PROJECT
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) voted on January 25, 2017 to formally approve the development of New York’s first ever, and the nation’s largest, offshore wind farm, located off the east end of Long Island. The approved 90-megawatt, 15-turbine offshore wind farm will produce enough energy to power over 50,000 homes. LIPA cited that offshore wind was the most cost effective proposal to meet Long Island’s South Fork energy needs.
Last week, in his bold State of the State announcement, Governor Cuomo committed to building 2,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power by 2030 – enough to power 1.25 million homes. The Administration will also release a master plan by the end of the year, mapping out the state’s intention to build offshore wind to scale, which is essential in ensuring the Governor meets his goal to power 50 percent of New York’s energy from renewables by 2030. The Governor also pledged his support for New York’s first, and the nation’s largest, offshore wind project off the east end of Long Island.
Local, state and national organizations hailed this project as an essential first step towards a bold, long-term, large scale offshore wind program for New York. Building off of LIPA’s historic vote today, groups also urged the LIPA Board of Directors to commit to an additional investment of at least 210 more megawatts of offshore wind in the upcoming Island Wide procurement. The decision, which is expected to happen in March of 2017, will help ensure Long Island becomes a regional hub for a new, clean energy industry, spurring thousands of jobs and economic development opportunities throughout the state.
“This is a big step for LIPA, a bold step for renewable energy on Long Island, and the beginning of an offshore wind industry in the State of New York and the country,” said Gordian Raacke, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Long Island. “We commend Governor Cuomo and LIPA for showing visionary leadership in the transition to renewable energy and thank all who have advocated for offshore wind energy over the last couple of decades.”
The majority of Long Islanders supports an offshore wind farm proposed for 30 miles east of Montauk Point.
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.
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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.