NYPA Selects ESS for Great Lakes Wind Project

July 14, 2009 – Lewiston, New York

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) recently announced that ESS Group, Inc. is one of five firms approved by the Board of Trustees to perform technical studies on different aspects of NYPA’s proposed Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project. The project is a major public-private initiative for the first potential development of wind power projects in the New York State waters of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project is intended to help contribute to New York’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which seeks to have 25 percent of the state’s electricity produced by renewable sources by 2013.

According to NYPA President and CEO Richard Kessel, the selection of several broad-based technical consultant teams will allow NYPA to choose from among a core group of specially trained wind power experts to evaluate the viability of the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project.

ESS Vice President of Energy and Industrial Services Steve Wood stated, “ESS is truly pleased to have been selected as a consultant team for the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project. We believe our extensive experience supporting the permitting of renewable energy projects from 100 kW to more than 400 MW will be of great assistance to the success of this project.  The ESS team will provide technical expertise regarding resource availability, state of the art technology, facility siting, environmental impacts, transmission, and interconnection, as well as commercial and power purchase matters.”

NYPA expects to begin working with one or more of the firms by mid-summer. The five firms selected resulted from a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued on April 27, which sought assistance in the examination of technical issues related to the viability of offshore wind projects.

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