LIPA, Con Ed consider another wind farm project

Putting windmills in the Atlantic Ocean to generate power for Long Island is back on the drawing board at LIPA, the power authority says. After a failed try for a wind farm off Jones Beach, the company

News 12 Staff

Sep 23, 2008, 10:35 PM

Updated 5,783 days ago

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Putting windmills in the Atlantic Ocean to generate power for Long Island is back on the drawing board at LIPA, the power authority says. After a failed try for a wind farm off Jones Beach, the company is now trying for Queens.
LIPA CEO Kevin Law told the power authority?s board Tuesday morning that he has been talking with Con Edison about the idea. Law says the aim is to reduce Long Island?s reliance on oil from the Middle East.
?We agreed that perhaps it would make sense, where we could share the cost and share the power,? Law says.
A proposed wind farm off Jones Beach was canceled last year because of concerns it was too expensive. The new proposal would include more windmills than the Jones Beach project and would be located further out -- about 10 miles from the Rockaways.
LIPA says the technology has improved since the Jones Beach plan was considered. Environmentalist Adrienne Esposito says it's a great idea. Former LIPA CEO Dr. Matthew Cordaro agrees the plan may be worth studying, but might also cost too much.
LIPA and Con Edison are working on determining the cost of the project and if the wind farm would end up saving Long Islanders money in the long run. If they determine the plan does not make economic sense, it will not be pushed forward.
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