Energy

New York utility OKs wind energy project off Long Island

Offshore windmills in the North Sea near Denmark. A wind energy project was recently approved for offshore Long Island.

Offshore windmills in the North Sea near Denmark. A wind energy project was recently approved for offshore Long Island.  (AP)

A New York utility has approved a plan to build a small wind farm off the coast of Long Island.

The 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm would be the second wind project built to date in the United States.

Officials hope it will help prove the feasibility of larger offshore wind farms in the U.S. Several auctions have been held to develop wind energy sites along the east coast.

Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski says the cost of the new project is $740 million.

Last month, Deepwater Wind opened a five-turbine wind farm off Rhode Island.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is committed to developing up to 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030. That's enough power for 1.25 million homes.