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New York plan now includes wind

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A draft energy plan issued by New York state stresses continued state leadership in renewables and adds some wind specifics to the existing agreement to build 387 MW of renewables by 2001. Wind will now account for up to 36 MW of the agreement, mandated by the state's Public Service Commission (PSC).

The draft plan specifically stresses niche and end-use applications of renewables, and suggests determining barriers to small-scale renewable energy use and introduction of education programmes, says Vicky Mastaitis of the state's energy office. Economic incentives should be used to meet provisions of the Clean Air Act, says the plan, which assesses the state's energy needs through the year 2012. New York is not expected to need more generating capacity until the turn of the century.

Renewables should however get a boost from the new chairman of the New York Power Authority, the country's largest public power authority, says Mastaitis. David Freeman, formerly of Sacramento Municipal Utility District -- which is developing a Kenetech wind project mooted while he was still there -- and the Tennessee Valley Authority, is known for his progressive views. "He's determined to make renewables things happen in New York," she says. Following a PSC decision on how to implement the state's 1992 energy plan, 6-30 MW of wind will be developed through a competitive bidding process. The remaining 6 MW, which could be in the ground by 1998, will be developed solely by the utilities on their own (Windpower Monthly, December 1993).

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