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Long Island Association Offshore Wind Committee Hosts Event on the “Future of Long Island’s Grid”



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Long Island Association Offshore Wind Committee Hosts Event on the “Future of Long Island’s Grid” 

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Melville, NY – Today, the Long Island Association (LIA) Offshore Wind Committee hosted a discussion on the future of Long Island’s electric grid, with the President & CEO of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) Richard J. Dewey and Propel NY Energy, represented by Paul Haering, Vice President of Capital Investments at NY Transco, and Girish Behal, Vice President of Projects and Business Development at the New York Power Authority.
The NYISO is an independent not-for-profit organization responsible for managing New York’s electric grid under regulatory oversight. The organization does not generate power or own transmission lines, but works with power producers, utility companies, and stakeholders to provide power to meet New Yorkers’ electricity. The NYISO is also focused on long-term viability of the grid and plans the power system for the future, by conducting one-, five-, and ten-year studies, and is working to ensure reliability considering New York’s ambitious clean energy goals.
In 2023, after a competitive bid process, the NYISO announced its selection of Propel NY Energy (Propel NY), an electric transmission project that will bolster the reliability and resiliency of the Long Island bulk power grid, add bi-directional power flows from Long Island into the statewide grid, and add network capacity to deliver up to 3,000 megawatts of energy from offshore wind projects into the statewide grid. Propel NY is collaboration between New York Transco and the New York Power Authority, focused on developing, permitting, and constructing nearly 90 miles of new pathways to deliver, integrate, and transmit clean energy into New York’s statewide grid. The project will, through a public process, seek required regulatory approvals and is scheduled to be operational by May 2030.
Matt Cohen, LIA President & CEO, said, “The LIA supports diversifying our energy mix to reap the economic and environmental benefits of renewable sources including offshore wind.  It is imperative to ensure the grid is reliable and can support this transition, so I thank the NYISO and Propel NY for updating the business community on their efforts to ensure the resiliency of the electric grid.”
Robert Catell, LIA Offshore Wind Committee Chair, Chair of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University, and Chair of the National Offshore Wind Consortium said, “Incorporation of offshore wind in the electric supply mix is critical to meeting New York State's aggressive environmental goals. As explained by Rich Dewey, the President & CEO of The NY Independent System Operator (NYISO), it will require new electric transmission and the oversight and management of the NYISO to ensure its reliability and affordability."
John Durso, LIA Offshore Wind Committee Co-Vice Chair and President of the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, said “Today’s discussion highlighted several key points for our clean energy future.  Investments in our transmission grid are necessary. Alternative power generation, such as offshore wind, is integral to the success of our region and the use of a skilled local union workforce will help us realize the full economic potential of the projects.”
“On behalf of the New York Independent System Operator, I want to thank the Long Island Association for hosting this important conversation. Meeting the goals of New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, will require tripling the grid's current capacity,” said Rich Dewey, President and CEO of the New York Independent System Operator. “Offshore wind resources, along with transmission infrastructure, will be necessary to meet that important goal. Working collaboratively with stakeholders on Long Island and across New York, we will focus on maintaining grid reliability through the transition to renewable energy."

"Propel NY Energy is an important transmission project for the New York Power Authority, and we are pleased to collaborate with NY Transco as we approach the Article VII environmental and engineering review and stakeholder engagement phases of this vital project," said Girish Behal, Vice President, Project and Business Development, New York Power Authority. "Propel NY Energy, once in service as planned in mid-2030, will have lasting benefits for Long Islanders and New Yorkers providing greater reliability, redundancy and resiliency for our power grid.” 

“Thank you to the LIA for focusing on one of the major challenges and opportunities across New York State and the Country,” said Paul Haering, Vice President of Capital Investment, New York Transco. “Propel NY Energy is a transformative project and collaboration is key! Following the leadership of the NYISO, LIA, businesses, labor unions and beyond, we invite all area stakeholders to join us in delivering the power grid to serve our future.”
The LIA’s Offshore Wind Committee’s goal is to make Long Island the offshore wind capital of the country. It examines ways prepare our economy for the jobs that will be created resulting from offshore wind, as well as transmission distribution needs and connecting businesses to supply-chain opportunities. 2023 was a landmark year for offshore wind with South Fork Wind, the first offshore project in New York State and in federal waters, operational and delivering clean energy to Long Islanders. The LIA is strongly supportive of the continued advancement of the industry, including Sunrise Wind.
About the Long Island Association (LIA):  The LIA is the region’s leading business organization and has been advocating for a positive business climate on the federal, state, and local levels of government since 1926.  Long Island’s future is our business.
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