FPL Energy LIPA Offshore Wind Project

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Original project costs were bid by FPL Energy to cost around $356 million, however, new estimates released in August 2007 estimate that the project could cost $811 million. To put this in perspective, the PACE study (see links below) finds that the cost of a Long Island-based combined cycle natural gas-fired plant is aproximatley $137 per MWh, while the cost of offshore wind would be around $291 per MWh. Cost considerations have prompted LIPA Chairman Kevin Law to terminate the project.

Maps & Images:

Simulated View from Jones Beach:

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Source: LIPA

Simulated View from Robert Moses Beach:

Source: LIPA

Project Map:

locationmapSource: LIPA

Links & Resources:


MMS-Main project permitting entity

A Financial Analysis of the Proposed Long Island Offshore Wind Farm (pdf)

Assessment of Offshore Wind Power Resource (Pace Study, pdf)


LIPA considers large wind farm– September 23 2008

Bidder has new interest in Long Island wind farm– September 14, 2007*

Long Island offshore wind farm scuttled; Cape Wind predicted this outcome 4 years ago– September 8, 2007

LIPA Releases Pace Study on Offshore Wind Project CostsAugust 23, 2007

LIPA chief kills wind farm project- August 22, 2007

Price Tag Doubles For Offshore Wind Park– July 11, 2007

LIPA/FPL Energy submit application for offshore wind project to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers– April 26, 2005

LIPA Issues RFP for Offshore Wind Generation Project– January 22, 2003

LIPA/NYSERDA Study Shows Offshore Wind Generation Has Significant Potential for Long Island – April 22, 2002