World’s First Freshwater Wind Farm Coming to New York?

With all of the attention being paid to where the United States’ first offshore wind farm will be located—there are existing proposals at various stages for offshore wind farms in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York and Texas—New York Power Authority (NYPA) yesterday announced a major public-private initiative for the potential development of wind power projects in the New York State waters of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

In an initiative known as the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project, NYPA released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to initiate efforts to develop offshore wind projects in the Great Lakes. If somehow completed before the aforementioned mentioned projects, the Great Lakes project would not only be the first offshore wind farm in the United States, it would be the first freshwater offshore wind farm in the world.

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