New York Power Authority board chairman Michael Townsend publicly questioned the viability of the agency’s plan to develop offshore wind on the Great Lakes, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported yesterday.

“From my perspective, I don’t think that project is very viable at this time, politically or economically,” Townsend said.

The NYPA, an independent state agency, is reviewing proposals to build an offshore wind farm in state waters of Lakes Ontario or Lake Erie. A decision is expected by June, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. NYPA spokeswoman Connie Cullen said that the review process is continuing.

“While we greatly respect the opinions of our trustees, NYPA hasn’t yet completed its review of the bids,” she said. “We hope to present the full results of the review to our trustees in the next couple of months.”


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