STATUS: In progress with opposition
OPPOSITION: Save Our Beaches
BACKGROUND: In 2002, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) had sought submissions for designing and building a 40-turbine wind project 3.5 to 5 miles from the coast of Jones Beach. A proposal was submitted by FPL Energy. The authority initially estimated the cost at $180 million, but eventually that figure rose over $800 million, which caused the agency to kill the project in the summer of 2007 because it became economically unfeasible as costs continued to rise.
In April 2008, Winergy Power submitted an application to state power regulators for a 940-megawatt wind farm 15-18 miles off the coast near Jones Beach. The proposal calls for 190 to 260 turbines. Winergy Power hopes to avoid the same fate of the failed LIPA project by funding the project entirely through outside (private) investment firms and placing the turbines farther offshore where the visibility of the structures will be limited.
Save Jones Beach, a local watchdog group, was organized to oppose the LIPA project. It is reported that the organization remains organized and "guarded" regarding the Winergy project and will be looking at it very closely.
SOURCES: New York League of Conservation Voters: http://www.nylcv.org/ecopoliticsdaily/20080108_wind_farm_proposed_for_jones_beach;
Save Jones Beach: http://www.savejonesbeach.org/;
Citizen Campaign: http://www.citizenscampaign.org/PDFs/20080423WPeP%20Bulletin.pdf;
Ecolic Energy News: http://www.eolicenergynews.org/?p=158;
Last updated November 19, 2010