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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on August 29th, 2007
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)


From Charles A. Hall,  chall at esf.edu, we learn that a New York utility is scrapping an 
ocean wind park - this according to FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press Writer Fri Aug 24, 2007, reports from
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. that Long Island's utility company intends to dump plans
to build a $700 million wind energy park in the Atlantic Ocean, a top official
said.

"It's just too expensive," Long Island Power Authority Chairman Kevin Law
told The Associated Press. "It's not going to work. This is an economically
based decision. We didn't even have to consider environmental or aesthetic
concerns."

The utility's board of directors will meet next month to officially vote
on scrapping the project.

Initially popular with environmental activists, politicians and
residents, the project, which was to include 40 turbines in an 8-square-mile area, has
lost support because of construction costs and concerns that it would mar the
landscape of Long Island's south shore beaches.

It is the second offshore wind project to be scrapped in recent months.
A developer in South Texas called off construction of about 170 turbines
there after determining it no longer made economic sense to proceed. That
developer said building an offshore farm would have been more than double the cost
of one on land.

Plans are proceeding for an offshore wind farm in Massachusetts, where a
company called Cape Wind hopes to build 130 windmills in Nantucket Sound. Cape
Wind has not said how much that project would cost. Developers in Delaware also
are planning an offshore wind farm.

Original estimates for construction on the Long Island wind farm were between
$150 and $200 million. In 2004, FPL Energy, a subsidiary of Florida
Power & Light, won the right to build the project with a bid of $356 million,
pending regulatory approvals. The latest estimates put the cost at $697 million.

A call to FPL seeking comment was not immediately returned, but the
company told Newsday it had not received official word from the utility that the
project was being scrapped.

In a recent report, the Department of Energy said the nation's wind-power
capacity increased by 27 percent in 2006, and that the U.S. had the
fastest-growing wind-power capacity in the world in 2005 and 2006.
Still, despite wind farms now operating in 36 states, wind accounts for less
than 1 percent of the U.S. power supply.
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