Just like importing fruits, veggies and goods, Invenergy is proposing importing energy to Long Island, a lot of it. The renewable energy developer just announced a new proposal for Long Island that would use a high-voltage DC (HVDC) transmission line called the Clean Energy Link to send 701 megawatts from four new wind (478 MWs) and two new solar farms (223 MWs) that will be built in the 12-state PJM regional power market.
Under the proposal, Invenergy said it will build wind and solar projects on a total of 55,000 acres in rural areas in states where land is less expensive and more readily available. The projects, according to the developer, would allow it to access economies of scale and technology diversification that would deliver Long Island’s utility (LIPA) customers renewable power at the lowest cost possible.
“We’re here today because of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to the environment and to securing electricity from renewables at an unprecedented scale,” said Michael Polsky, Invenergy’s founder and CEO. He was referring to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mandate that requires the New York to source 50 percent of its energy from renewables by 2030. The mandate requires the state to develop, deploy and import renewable energy in large quantities and in a shorter time period than has ever been done in the state.
“We answered his call for new thinking. This portfolio approach is unique and offers renewables at a scale that makes a difference and at a price people can afford. Pairing renewable energy with new dedicated transmission will bring low-cost wind and solar energy to where it is needed in densely populated areas such as Long Island and New England.”
According to Invenergy, the project would triple Long Island’s renewable energy portfolio. By late 2020 when the supporting power generation projects would be complete and power began to be delivered across the HVDC to a net-zero energy converter station, the project would boost the amount of renewables powering the island to at least 10 percent.
The project hasn’t been approved yet but already Invenergy’s approach is garnering praise from legislators, renewable energy advocates and more. “Long Island and all of New York need out-of-the-box thinking to meet the challenge of 50 by 30. I applaud Invenergy’s innovative portfolio approach and all projects that can bring renewable energy to Long Island at affordable prices,” said Kevin Law, CEO of the Long Island Association.
“Long Island has never had an opportunity like the Clean Energy Link. In a single stroke, the Clean Energy Link will more than triple the green energy supply to Long Island,” added Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters. “It’s a big step forward for Long Island and means we can stop talking about meeting the Governor’s 50 by 30 and begin actually achieving it.”Tweet