New York works toward 90-MW offshore wind project

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said July 14 that the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Board of Trustees will on July 20 consider advancing the development of the nation’s largest offshore wind farm off the coast of Long Island.

“I strongly encourage the Trustees to once again demonstrate New York’s leadership on climate change and help achieve the state’s ambitious goal of supplying 50 percent of our electricity from renewable energy by 2030,” Cuomo said. “Investing in New York’s clean energy economy strengthens our communities by providing access to clean, affordable power and good quality green jobs. Next week marks another opportunity for this state to lead the nation in creating a stronger, more resilient energy system and protecting the environment for future generations.”

The Sierra Club said in a July 14 statement that this 90-MW, 15-turbine offshore wind farm would be located off the coast of Montauk, at the eastern end of Long Island. Deepwater Wind would spearhead the project, which is estimated to be three times larger than the Block Island wind farm project slated to begin operation off the shores of Rhode Island later this year.  

For over five years, local, state and national organizations along with communities up and down Long Island in partnership with labor, municipal leaders and businesses have been actively engaged in pushing LIPA to embrace offshore wind power, the club said. The project will produce enough energy to power about 50,000 Long Island homes by 2022.

The Long Island Power Authority is expected to formally approve the project at next week’s board meeting. LIPA and Deepwater Wind are expected to finalize all financial plans for the project by 2017.

I“We applaud Governor Cuomo and the Long Island Power Authority for today’s historic announcement to move forward with New York’s first offshore wind project,” said Lisa Dix New York Senior Representative for the Sierra Club. “This announcement is the first step toward a bold long term, large scale offshore wind program for New York and catapults New York to the forefront of America’s clean energy economy.”

“Our transition from fossil fuels  to renewables has just took a giant leap forward with this historic decision,” Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment said. “This is game changer, a legacy that all New Yorkers will be proud of. By tackling climate change head on New York is proving to be a global leader.”

“Today marks major progress in New York’s pursuit of offshore wind power, the state’s golden opportunity to create thousands of jobs while helping meet the Governor’s 50 percent renewable energy goal,” said Catherine Bowes, Senior Manager at the National Wildlife Federation. “We applaud Governor Cuomo and LIPA for this bold leadership to advance the clean, offshore wind power needed to protect our communities and wildlife from the dangers of climate change.”

“Offshore wind needs to be a significant part of the energy mix. It is key to putting the Empire State on a path toward an economy powered entirely by renewable energy,” Heather Leibowitz, Director, Environment New York said. “The 90-megawatts of energy produced off east Montauk will get us one step closer to this goal.”

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