125 square miles off New York coast dedicated for wind power

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal officials say more than 125 square miles off the coast of Long Island will be dedicated for the development of commercial wind energy.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday that New York state has “tremendous” wind potential. Officials say the 81,130-acre area is large enough to make major renewable energy contributions.

An environmental assessment will now be completed to determine the effects associated with the project.

Long Island Power Authority, New York Power Authority and Con Edison proposed the wind farm 11 miles south of Long Island in 2011.

It would include up to 200 turbines generating 700 megawatts of energy, enough to power about 245,000 homes. The price tag could be as much as $4 billion.

Federal officials must open the bidding for commercial leases. No leases have yet been awarded.

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