Harnessing Wind Power on Long Island
Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Wind Turbines
Long Island, New York
Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)
Under an on-call contract with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), AKRF worked on three projects designed to sustainably produce electricity from wind power:
- AKRF prepared Environmental Assessments (EA) for a LIPA wind power demonstration project. Of the 45 sites considered, six were identified as having the necessary characteristics for wind turbines.
- AKRF prepared an EA for the siting of two wind turbines on the property of the decommissioned Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant. The environmental assessment disclosed the potential visual impacts and the likelihood of birds being hit by the turbine blades. Photo simulations were used to analyze the potential for visual impacts. Scientific literature and LIPA’s operating experience with other wind turbines were used to assess the potential of bird strikes. The EA found that the project would have no significant adverse impacts, and the wind turbines are currently generating electricity.
- AKRF oversaw the preparation of an Article VII Application and Environmental Review documents for an offshore wind turbine farm located southeast of Jones Beach State Park and southwest of Robert Moses State Park (approximately 3.6 miles from the nearest shoreline). The offshore wind turbine farm would have consisted of 40 wind turbines in a cluster designed to minimize visibility from the shore, generating a total of about 140 megawatts. The project required permit applications to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Minerals Management Service (MMS), and Public Service Commission (PSC). The eight-square-mile area wind park would have been one of the largest renewable energy projects in New York State.