A Hauppauge company is
proposing its second wind energy project
south of Long Island, this one to serve
Nassau and Suffolk electricity customers
instead of those in the city.
Winergy Power president Dennis Quaranta said
Tuesday his company applied for approval of
the $600 million to $700 million plan Jan.
16 from the nonprofit New York Independent
System Operator, which coordinates electric
power generation and transmission.
The plan is for 86 wind turbines with a peak
output of 300 megawatts. "As well as New
York City, Long Island needs clean reliable
energy," he said. "It's just a matter of
going out and getting it."
The project also needs
federal and state government approval and an
arrangement made with the Long Island Power
Authority to handle the electricty it
produces, Quarantro said.
LIPA spokesman Ed Dumas said it had not been
approached officially by Winergy but would
consider its proposal. Winergy's proposed
connecting point, known as the Sterling
Substation and located in West Amityville,
can handle only 167 megawatts more, he said,
and any costs of an upgrade would have to be
borne by Winergy.
The proposed location, Quaranta said, is
about 15 miles east of the 167 turbine, 600
megawatt project that Winergy proposed in
November for a site 15- to 18 miles south of
Jones Beach to feed electricty into the Con
Both Winergy projects would be much farther
out to sea than the 40-turbine field
proposed jointly by LIPA and FPL Energy 3.5
to 5 miles south of Jones Beach and, said
Quaranta, would be nearly invisible from
land. It was the LIPA/FPL project that was
ultimately rejected last year by LIPA itself
as too costly. Some environmentalists and
Long Island residents saw the
eight-square-mile array of turbines rising
400 feet in the air as an eyesore.
Winergy is arranging private financing. It
is proposing construction starts in 2012 for
both its projects south of Long Island but,
Quarantro said, realistically both couldn't
be built simultaneously so that whichever
gets approved first would likely be built
Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone said
Winergy's projects seem to make more sense
economically and probably will have less
environmental impact so far out to sea, but
he was still concerned about effects on the
Great South Bay ecosystem of any
transmission line crossing Great South Bay.
"Under no circumstances will we permit them
to run transmission cables through Babylon
Town waters," he said.