Deepwater decision delayed

Source: By ReNews • Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2016

Deepwater Wind’s 90MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island has been held up again, this time by ongoing offtake negotiations.

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) was expected to vote on a power purchase agreement this week on the Deepwater 1 South Fork project, however, officials have yet to wrap up a deal.

“We continue to have very productive discussions with LIPA and we expect to finalize a power purchase agreement early in the new year,” Deepwater chief executive Jeffrey Grybowski told reNEWS.

The LIPA board of trustees may vote on the deal at its next meeting, tentatively scheduled for 25 January.

The 15-turbine project was selected in a competitive call for energy to serve the constrained South Fork area in Long Island.

The utility cancelled an earlier vote scheduled in July at the request of the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA).

NYSERDA is developing a new state-wide offshore wind plan, which is due in late 2017.