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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Questions About the South Fork Wind Farm?

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 Watch the January, 2021, NY League of Conservation Voters webinar on the South Fork Wind Farm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX3ap1VLBKo

The South Fork Wind Farm project was selected by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) pursuant to a request for proposals issued by LIPA to provide clean energy that would tie into the electric grid at LIPA’s Cove Hollow Road, East Hampton, substation, in order to meet a growing energy demand on the South Fork. 

South Fork Wind is part of the South Fork Project Portfolio, which includes New York’s first offshore wind farm, two utility-scale battery storage systems, and new energy efficiency programs. 

According to LIPA the portfolio will cost an average residential customer on Long Island between $1.39 and $1.57 per month

The project permits, under state and federal review, limit the number of turbines to 15, and the project is designed for a maximum output of 132 megawatts of electricity.

The proposed real estate agreements with East Hampton Town regarding installation of an onshore underground electrical transmission line also limit the maximum output of the wind farm.  

(The agreements reference the number 136MW, which is the theoretical maximum power rating under study for South Fork Wind by the NYISO. The actual design based on turbine selection limits the maximum power delivery to 132MW at the East Hampton Substation).

The original South Fork Wind power purchase agreement LIPA approved in 2017 was for a 90MW project (technically it authorized up to 96MW). The term of the PPA is 20 years.

 In November of 2018 LIPA announced that it would purchase 40MW of incremental capacity from the project, made possible by improvements in turbine technology that allow more power to be generated from within the same 15-turbine footprint. 

LIPA released the pricing for the South Fork Project Portfolio, including South Fork Wind, in November, 2019, and provided this fact sheet: https://www.lipower.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/LIPA-First-Offshore-Wind-Farm-Doc-V19_102819-FINAL.pdf

According to the LIPA factsheet: “The price for the 90-megawatt South Fork project starts at 16 cents per kWh, and the price for the 40-megawatt project starts at 8.6 cents per kWh. Both prices escalate at an average of 2% per year for 20 years.”

The contract pricing information is also available on the New York State Comptroller’s website.

The contract price release was covered by the press. Here is some sample coverage: 

https://sagharborexpress.com/lipa-reveals-rate-costs-for-south-fork-wind-farm/?wallit_nosession=1

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