NY energy plan takes focus off Great Lakes wind

October 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

ALBANY, N.Y. — A new state energy blueprint shows a preference to put a wind farm off the shore of Long Island rather than in the Great Lakes.

New York Power Authority President Gil Quiniones tells the Buffalo News (http://bit.ly/VVuUKJ ) that there’s still interest in offshore wind projects in lakes Erie and Ontario. But he said offshore projects are far more expensive than those on land, and there’s been little interest from developers.

Last year, NYPA killed a plan to put up to 150 turbines offshore between Buffalo and Chautauqua County, citing at least $1 billion in potential costs.

Environmental groups say the Cuomo administration missed an opportunity with its new energy plan to focus more on renewable forms of energy, including Great Lakes wind projects.

—Copyright 2012 Associated Press

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