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Power Authority seeks proposals for wind projects

Power Authority seeks proposals for wind projects

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The New York Power Authority has released requests for proposals for the development of off-shore wind power projects in Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, the agency said Tuesday.

The power authority seeks proposals for wind power projects in the range of 120 to 500 megawatts.

The deadline to submit a notice of intent to submit a proposal is March 20, 2010, with a due date for proposals of June 1, 2010, NYPA officials said in a statement.

“The significance of developing the natural wind resources of New York’s own Great Lakes will help diversify the state’s energy mix, strengthen our energy independence, create jobs and expand the use of clean, green electricity to reap the vital benefit of a better environment for future generations,” NYPA president and CEO Richard Kessel said in the statement.

Projects are expected to be awarded by December 2010, officials said.

“Hand in hand with the development of renewable energy sources like the Great Lakes Off-Shore Wind Project are the potential of jobs and manufacturing opportunities that could help make the upstate economy the leader in green industry initiatives through the efforts of the region’s talented entrepreneurs and skilled work force,” said Michael Townsend, a Rochester attorney who chairs the NYPA’s board of trustees.

The RFP is available at

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