But as yet none exist
in U.S. waters
THE NEW YORK POWER Authority has pulled the plug on a contro- versial offshore wind energy proj- ect slated for installation in Lake
Ontario, citing the estimated $60 million
to $100 million annual subsidy such a project would require (see “Winds of Change
Coming?” April/May 2011). Meanwhile, the
Authority and two other public utilities have
moved a step closer to building a similar
wind farm in the Atlantic off Long Island.
The utilities, operating as the Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative,
applied in mid-September to the federal
government for a lease on ocean bottom 13
to 17 miles off the Rockaway Peninsula.
While offshore wind farm proposals
have blown hot and cold over the past
decade, drawing both support and opposition from recreational boaters, none yet exist
in U.S. waters. But a New Jersey-based wind
energy developer has said it could be the
first and announced it would start construction in state waters before the end of 2011,
when a federal subsidy program expired (see
“Fishing For A Windmill,” November 2008).
Fishermen’s Energy, founded by New Jersey
commercial fishermen, said it had obtained
final permit authority from the state to
gamble on a six-turbine demonstration-scale
project 2. 8 miles off Atlantic City.
Back on the Great Lakes, developers of a wind farm planned for Lake Erie,
about seven miles off Cleveland, reportedly reached a deal to sell 25 percent of its
power to the city. As a result, in October, the
Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation
announced plans to start construction on a
pilot wind farm sometime in 2014. — R.L.