Invenergy: Power line project a clean path between PJM and the Long Island market

Invenergy on Oct. 24 announced the largest renewable project ever proposed for Long Island, which is to be delivered through the Clean Energy Link.

This project provides access to four new wind and two new solar farms located within the PJM Interconnection regional power market, with a combined capacity exceeding 700 MW. All the renewable energy from these projects will be joined into a single portfolio and delivered to Long Island from PJM via a new buried HVDC transmission line, ending at a net-zero converter station on Long Island.

The wind and solar projects will be built across more than 55,000 acres in rural areas in multiple states where land is less expensive and more readily available, Invenergy noted. This innovative portfolio approach provides economies of scale and unprecedented diversification in technology and geography that will deliver residents of Long Island reliable, clean renewable power at the lowest cost possible.

Invenergy is offering the Clean Energy Link in response to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 50 by 30 goal – securing 50% of the state’s energy from renewables by 2030. With that mandate, the state must develop, deploy and import renewable energy in greater quantities, over shorter time periods, than it has ever done before.

The Clean Energy Link will triple Long Island’s renewable resources portfolio, Invenergy said. The project will move Nassau and Suffolk from 3% in 2015 to more than 10% when its power begins to reach Long Island in late 2020 — an important first step to begin to meet the governor’s Clean Energy Standard.

“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 founder and CEO. "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.”

“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,” said 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.”

Assemblyman Steve Englebright added: “Long Island is determined to protect our environment, and Governor Cuomo’s 50 by 30 mandate is the vehicle that ensures innovative methods for securing renewable energy is a part of the equation. Long Islanders have long sought clean energy via wind and solar projects, but the proposal by Invenergy allows us to make a significant step forward without sacrificing open space as a consequence.”

“Building the Clean Energy Link is the most affordable way to quickly bring new renewable energy to Long Island,” said Dick O’Kane, president of the Nassau-Suffolk Building and Construction Trades Council. “The Clean Energy Link will put Long Islanders to work to provide the region with affordable and reliable clean energy.”

Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said, “The Clean Energy Link project is an exciting opportunity to help address Long Island’s future energy needs and fulfill Governor Cuomo’s ambitious mandate of having 50 percent of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by the year 2030. Long Island ratepayers, and our environment, should benefit from this project becoming part of the area’s energy mix.”

Invenergy noted that it has built and currently operates three wind farms in upstate New York. It recently received a unanimous approval from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) for a power purchase agreement for its proposed 24.9-MW Shoreham Solar Commons facility in the town of Brookhaven in Long Island, New York.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 13,700 MW of projects that are in operation, construction or advanced development, including wind, solar, natural gas- fueled power generation and energy storage projects. Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Europe.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.