New York Power Authority Seeks Wind Power Bids
December 9, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS — As part New York State's efforts to foster development of
renewable, indigenous power sources, the New York Power Authority (NYPA)
announced Monday that it is formally beginning a process for obtaining up to
50,000 kilowatts (kw) of electricity from wind-powered projects.
The Power Authority is
asking qualified parties to indicate their interest in receiving the Request
for Proposals (RFP) on the basic requirements for submitting bids. The RFP
process is open to owners or prospective developers of wind-powered
facilities throughout the state. Prospective applicants should e-mail Jordan
), NYPA Director of supply planning and power contracts, for more
NYPA will distribute RFPs
on Dec. 18 to parties responding to its inquiry, and hold a "pre-bid"
conference in early January at its White Plains Office headquarters to
review the process. Bids are expected to be selected no later than early
They must provide for the
availability of wind power for periods of 10 or 15 years, at the Power
Authority's discretion, beginning Jan. 1, 2005. Criteria for selection
include cost of the power; the project's potential to create jobs during
construction and operation and through the supply of economical electricity
to businesses; possibility of attracting new energy equipment manufacturers
to the state; and any potential environmental impact.
Governor George E. Pataki
first announced the state's plans to purchase 50,000 kilowatts of wind power
as part of a series of wind power initiatives unveiled last summer. The New
York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is providing
more than $17 million to support the development of five wind farms,
totaling 315,000 kw, throughout the state. NYSERDA is also providing funds
to study the potential for developing the nation's first urban-integrated,
shoreline wind farm along Erie County's shoreline. To date, NYSERDA has
helped to develop 41,500 kw of wind power in New York State.
In 2001, the Governor
issued an executive order requiring state agencies to obtain 10 percent of
their electricity from renewable resources by 2005 and 20 percent by 2010.
Other sources of renewable power include solar photovoltaic units and
fuel-cell installations powered by gas by-products from sewage treatment