Information about two competing plans to build an offshore wind farm off New York City and Long Island has become available. Developers Energy Management Inc (EMI) and Fishermen’s Energy have both filed plans with US regulators that compete for a site previously earmarked by a consortium led by New York Power Authority.
Cape Wind developer EMI has told the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) that if it is awarded the site, it would work with SgurrEnergy and K2 Management to develop a 600MW project for completion by 2022 or 2023. Both companies have advised EMI on Cape Wind and have worked on European projects such as London Array and Nordsee Ost.
5MW or 6MW turbines would be installed, says EMI, with suggests the project as a whole would feature 100 to 120 machines. These would be placed on monopile or jacket foundations
Fishermen’s Energy has also expressed interest in developing the site. In its BOEM filing, the developer argued that the NYPA-led group seeking to build the 350MW Long Island-New York City (LI-NYC) offshore wind farm has provided insufficient information about its revenue approach, opportunities for developers, protection for commercial fisheries and supply chain development.
Interestingly, Fishermen’s says it might reconsider its position – and its competitive position with regards to the LI-NYC project – once further information about it emerges. Much of Fishermen's filing has been redacted, including the size of its proposed project. The company has declined to provide this information to Windpower Offshore. However, the filing does mention Fishermen’s intention to design the project in such a way as to allow commercial fishing within the active wind farm area.
As previously reported, another leading US offshore wind developer, Deepwater Wind, has voiced support for LI-NYC, arguing that the wind farm could be built quickly and could act as a showcase for offshore wind off the US east coast.