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1 New York State Jack Nasca, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation GLWC Offshore Wind Workgroup Advancing Regional Collaboration Webinar September 24, 2009

2 Jurisdiction’s Interest in Offshore Wind Development 2004 Renewable Portfolio Standard 2004 Renewable Portfolio Standard 25% Renewables by % Renewables by by 2015 Clean Energy Goal 45 by 2015 Clean Energy Goal –15% energy efficiency –30% renewables 2009 State Energy Plan 2009 State Energy Plan 534 MW’s Offshore Wind by MW’s Offshore Wind by 2015

3 Current or Proposed Offshore Projects NYPA – Great Lakes Offshore Wind NYPA – Great Lakes Offshore Wind –Request for expression of interest released April 2009, 120 MW to 300 MW –Release RFP by December 2009 Con Ed/LIPA – Atlantic Ocean Con Ed/LIPA – Atlantic Ocean –RFEI released June 2009, 350 MW to 700 MW Hounsfield Wind – Gallo Island, L. Ontario Hounsfield Wind – Gallo Island, L. Ontario – 270 MW –Draft EIS February 2009

4 Inter-Jurisdictional Collaboration NYPA Great Lakes Offshore Wind NYPA Great Lakes Offshore Wind –Environmental data Con ED/LIPA Con ED/LIPA –Advisor to the work group –Environmental data NYSERDA NYSERDA –Partner in offshore wind development –Report on offshore potential in Erie & Ontario should be released in October 09

5 Regulations/Policies/Laws Affecting Offshore Wind Development and Agency Responsible with Oversight State Environmental Quality Review Act – DEC State Environmental Quality Review Act – DEC Protection of Waters, Wetlands, 401 WQC, Coastal Erosion – DEC Protection of Waters, Wetlands, 401 WQC, Coastal Erosion – DEC Coastal Zone Management – Dept of State Coastal Zone Management – Dept of State Easement for Underwater lands – General Services Easement for Underwater lands – General Services Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity – Public Service Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity – Public Service

6 Transmission of Offshore Wind Energy Article VII "Sitting of Major Utility Transmission Facilities“ – Public Service Article VII "Sitting of Major Utility Transmission Facilities“ – Public Service –Separate environmental review process Independent System Operator – Access to the existing grid Independent System Operator – Access to the existing grid Con Ed/LIPA conducted a review of existing transmission resources to identify likely interconnect point & system requirements Con Ed/LIPA conducted a review of existing transmission resources to identify likely interconnect point & system requirements

7 Public Outreach NYPA & Con Ed/LIPA are conducting stakeholder meetings NYPA & Con Ed/LIPA are conducting stakeholder meetings SEQR & Article VII Process provide opportunity for public review SEQR & Article VII Process provide opportunity for public review

8 Public Trust Environmental Review regulations Environmental Review regulations Permit process Permit process Coastal Zone Management Coastal Zone Management Decision to lease state owned lands Decision to lease state owned lands

9 Obstacles to Offshore Wind Development Conflict between users of the resource Conflict between users of the resource –Recreational fishing groups –Visual impact – Shoreline land owners

10 Regional Collaboration Avian, bat & aquatic issues Avian, bat & aquatic issues Structural challenges Structural challenges –Foundations –Ice –Navigation –Transmission Recent meeting with Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to share information from development on Wolfe Island Recent meeting with Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to share information from development on Wolfe Island

11 Other Issues or Observations? State vs Federal Environmental review State vs Federal Environmental review –Who takes the lead? –Define roles for other agencies Resolving conflict between traditional users of offshore with renewable energy Resolving conflict between traditional users of offshore with renewable energy


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