BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - New York Power Authority President and Chief Executive OfficerRichard M. Kessel today announced the start of a multi-phase reviewprocess for five proposals vying to construct the Great LakesOffshore Wind (GLOW) project or projects in the New York Statewaters of Lake Erie and/or Lake Ontario.
“Today the Power Authority begins a rigorous,multi-disciplinary review process for the five GLOW proposals thataim to construct an offshore wind project with the promise todeliver the one-two punch of generating clean renewable power whileboosting the economy with clean energy jobs,” said Richard M.Kessel, president and chief executive officer, NYPA. “Thereis much work to be done before any project can be built and onceNYPA’s initial review phase is complete, there will besignificant opportunities for community participation in the nextphases of the evaluation process.”
“We have stated since the beginning, in April 2009, thatif there is a viable GLOW project, it will only be built followingthorough regulatory and environmental review, and also a verypublic evaluation that will go beyond what is required byregulatory entities,” Kessel added.
“We know five proposals is a strong showing as previoussolicitations for offshore wind projects in Delaware and New Jerseyreceived, three and five proposals, respectively,” saidMichael Townsend, chairman, Board of Trustees, New York PowerAuthority. “For the environment and the economy, the PowerAuthority takes an historic stride today towards developing a cleanenergy economy and helping to fulfill the New York State EnergyPlan which includes Governor Paterson’s goal of having NewYork supply 30 percent of its power through renewable sources by2015.”
“The devastation caused by our shortsighted energydecisions has never been more apparent than with the oil releasestill gushing in the Gulf. Fortunately, today we are taking a stepin the opposite direction, toward a cleaner, safer energy future inour Great Lakes,” said Brian Smith, WNY program director,Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “Citizens Campaign forthe Environment is thrilled with the substantive response to theRFP, and congratulates NYPA for moving the process forward to bringwind power to our Great Lakes.”
During the NYPA initial review phase, the proposals areevaluated by a team of NYPA staff and its consultant specialists todetermine which of the proposals best meets the requirements setforth in the NYPA Request for Proposals, for construction of theGLOW project, which was issued on Dec. 1, 2009. This is expected totake about six to seven months. Under procurement law, NYPA may notshare information on any proposal during the NYPA initial review.The NYPA initial review is expected to result in the staffrecommendation of a preferred developer(s).
The next phase is scheduled to take place in late 2010 or early2011 when the NYPA Trustees will evaluate the staff recommendationsand select a preferred developer(s) pending successful contractnegotiations, completion of all regulatory and environmentalreviews, and incorporation of community input. Upon the action bythe Trustees, information on the proposal(s) by the preferreddevelopers(s), which is not proprietary or covered byconfidentially agreements, will be made public on the NYPA Website.
At this point, the preferred developer(s) will begin theirefforts to meet the thorough regulatory and environmental reviewswhich will have expanded opportunities for public input beyond whatis required for those reviews.
After successful completion of the regulatory and environmentalreviews and incorporation of community input, estimated to totalabout two years, a contract(s) for a purchase power agreement(s)can then be signed between NYPA and the preferred developer(s).Construction can begin with project operation anticipated in two tothree years following contract signing.
“Each proposal will undergo a wide-ranging review, notonly for technical, financial and other critical strengths, but forthe economic development benefits to be integrated into theproject,” said Kessel. “The Power Authority has beenalready creating a foundation for economic development activitiesby conducting Get Listed! events to encourage New York businessesto explore opportunities to supply the wind power industry with thegoods and services needed for project design, development,construction and operation.”
Get Listed! is a NYPA initiative, in collaboration with a numberof New York State economic development and energy groups includingthe Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity, Empire StateDevelopment Corporation, Greater Rochester Enterprise, NewYork’s Creative Core, NYSERDA, University at Buffalo—the State University of New York and Southern Tier EconomicGrowth.
At Get Listed!, businesses are invited, free of charge, todescribe their company’s abilities and availability to workin the wind power industry on the GLOW Business Registry
on theNYPA Web site at www.nypa.gov/glowbusinessregistry. To date over220 businesses have joined the registry. Get Listed! was held inBuffalo in February and in Rochester this past April, with over 150attendees at each location.
The next Get Listed! is scheduled for June 24 from 1 to 3pm atSyracuse Center of Excellence at Syracuse University. Get Listed!is free but reservations are requested. Businesses can reserve aseat online via a link on the home page of NYPA’s Web sitewww.nypa.gov or by contacting Megan Rasbeck, Buffalo NiagaraEnterprise, at 716. 842.1357, ext. 110, firstname.lastname@example.org. Another Get Listed! will be held inDunkirk on July 27 from 1 to 3pm at the Clarion Hotel &Conference Center, 30 Lake Shore Drive East in Dunkirk. Informationfor the Dunkirk Get Listed! Will be available on the NYPA Web siteshortly.
Statements in Support:
"The Great Lakes Offshore Wind Initiative is great because itwill bring much needed jobs to communities such as Buffalo andcontinue to solidify New York’s place as a leader in cleanenergy," said Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes.
"Our area is a bi-national location; we have proximity to majormarkets, an existing base of suppliers and transportationinfrastructure, as well as the strong wind patterns off the GreatLakes. This initiative has the potential not only to provide power,but also to support many green collar jobs for the construction,operation and maintenance of wind power facilities," saidAssemblyman Dennis Gabryszak.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said: “I’m pleased withthe continuing success of the New York Power Authority’sGreat Lakes Offshore Wind Project. The production of clean,renewable energy is vital to our environmental stability, and Iwant to commend NYPA for their efforts in energy production andefficiency. Today’s announcement represents an important stepin the GLOW project as it continues to move forward.”
"We have to look no further than today’s headlines to seethat the future of our long-range-energy needs rests not on fossilfuels but on clean, renewable energy from wind, solar andhydroelectric. Making the transition is a task of historicproportions, but we can not shy away. There is no alternative, andthe environmental crisis in the Gulf shows, failure is not anoption," said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster. "The good news isthat many of our country's greatest achievements have come frommeeting challenges that were, in their day, just as daunting. Everycrisis presents opportunities, including in this case theopportunity to create jobs and stimulate investment in whole new"green energy" industries."
“The great response to the NYPA RFP process fordevelopment of offshore wind projects in Lake Erie and Lake Ontariois further validation of the strong economic development potentialthe wind industry offers the Buffalo Niagara Region and New YorkState as a whole,” said Thomas A. Kucharski, president andchief executive officer, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE).“NYPA has long been a great partner in our economicdevelopment attraction efforts.
Their leadership role in the Great Lakes Offshore Wind projectand their commitment to support the project through the purchase ofpower generated by it send a tremendous message to BNE prospects inthe wind industry of just how committed and how welcoming New YorkState will be to companies in this industry. This project is aperfect complement to our renewable energy efforts and strengthensour partnership with NYPA.”
“Although the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative cannotsupport any particular wind project, our mission supports work tofacilitate the sustainable development of wind power in the GreatLakes region. It appears that NYPA is taking many extrasteps—going the extra mile—to ensure that informationon their proposed offshore development is inclusive, complete, andprovides ample opportunity for public comment, involvement, andeducation," said John Hummer, project manager, Great Lakes WindCollaborative. “Along with other Great Lakes jurisdictionsmoving forward on offshore wind power, the development of clean,non-polluting
offshore wind power by NYPA will play a significant role inpropelling the Great Lakes region, and the nation as a whole, as aglobal leader in producing renewable sources of energy that willmove us away from using pollution-causing fossil fuels.”
“The State of New York, and our Nation, must continue topursue green energy initiatives to break our dependence on fossilfuels. We are blessed with spectacular wind resources across thecountry, and fortunately New York State is one of the bestlocations for the development of wind energy,” said BillDaily, administrative director and chief executive officer,Chautauqua County IDA. “Harnessing this resource to generateelectricity will lead to economic development by the creation ofjobs. Many jobs during construction phases, but more importantlyhigh-paying permanent jobs located in our communities along LakeErie.”
“The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workersrepresents
hundreds of NYS power generation employees from adiverse fuel mix including coal, nuclear and hydropower. The GreatLakes Offshore Wind project represents further fuel diversity, aswell as domestic energy independence to complement existing NYSbase load power generation,” Phil Wilcox, businessrepresentative, IBEW Local 97. “Western New York led theworld over 100 years ago with the development of hydropowergeneration from the Niagara River, leading to great wealth andattracting the likes of Darwin Martin and Frank Lloyd Wright toBuffalo. We have a chance to lead the nation again in energydevelopment with the Great Lakes Offshore Wind project and theleadership of the New York Power Authority.”
"The level of interest in this RFP is very encouraging. Withevery passing day renewable energy initiatives like this makegreater economic, environmental and national security sense," saidCarol Murphy, executive director of the Alliance for Clean EnergyNew York. "Our organization looks forward to working with allinvolved parties to construct the best possible project.”
“Americans are witnessing firsthand the devastatingenvironmental and economic costs as a result of the oil spill inthe Gulf of Mexico”, stated Ashok Gupta, senior energyeconomist, Natural Resources Defense Council. “We can nolonger afford to debate the merits of properly sited offshore windenergy and its contribution as a sustainable energy solutionthatprotects our environment while reducing economic risklong-term. The Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project supports thestate’s plan to develop renewable energy generation that willdirectly benefit New York’s environment and econom
Robert E. Knoer, chair, Wind Action Group, said: “As apart of our mission the Wind Action Group has advocated anexploration of the potential for energy generation and job creationpresented by offshore wind in the Great Lakes. We are pleased thatthe New York Power Authority has been thoughtfully exploring thispotential and look forward to the results of NYPA’s requestfor proposals. There is no clear answer to our environmental,energy and economic future; only choices. We commend NYPA for itswillingness to engage the public in the discussion of theconsiderable environmental and economic issues and choicessurrounding wind energy. It is our hope that a thoughtful weighingof the benefits and burdens of all types of energy development willlead to the best future for all involved.”
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