New York Power Authority cancels Great Lakes offshore wind plans

By on September 28, 2011

The New York Power Authority voted recently to end its push for offshore wind farms in lakes Erie and Ontario. The state-owned authority would have subsidized such a project by purchasing the wind-generated electricity at a premium price, but found that it would be too expensive.

Wind energy advocates say the authority backed out of the project too soon and could have worked more with the several developers who bid to build turbines. Opponents say the project was never feasible and the 450-foot turbines would tarnish the view of the lake and threaten property values, boating, and birds.

Read more at Watertown Daily Times.

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About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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