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NY examines offshore links

Study starts into best approaches for developing transmission connections 

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The New York Power Authority is leading a study into European offshore wind transmission models to help guide the US state's development of the sector. 

The study will assess best practices for connecting offshore wind projects to mainland grids and examine ways in which costs have been reduced.

It will focus on physical design, including radial and network connections and interconnections between projects and to onshore transmission systems.

Rate and ownership structures will also be examined, as well as business models and financing, regulations and cost recovery. 

New York Independent System Operator, Con Edison, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Long Island Power Authority will also collaborate on the study.

The results are expected in the autumn and will help determine the optimal infrastructure required to support Governor Andrew Cuomo's plans to to develop 2.4GW of offshore capacity by 2030.

New York Power Authority president and chief executive Gil Quiniones said: “We'll look at the experiences, conclusions and recommendations of others to determine what New York should consider in developing offshore wind transmission. 

“We want to distill the most important lessons learned from European development and consider the possible implications for New York State.” 

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