East Hampton To Host Public Hearing on Wind Farm Easements

Deepwater Wind’s Block Island wind farm, as seen through a 200 mm lens from Montauk Point.
Deepwater Wind’s Block Island wind farm, as seen through a 200 mm lens from Montauk Point.

A public hearing regarding the South Fork Wind Farm project being developed by Deepwater Wind – East Hampton Town’s first large-scale renewable energy project — will be held on Thursday, May 17.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the LTV studio at 75 Industrial Road in Wainscott, the East Hampton Town Board and the East Hampton Town Trustees will hold a joint hearing on the issuance of an easement allowing Deepwater Wind to land a wind turbine cable at the ocean beach at Beach Lane in Wainscott, and to run the cable under town roads to a substation on Cove Hollow Road in East Hampton.

A community benefits package has been proposed in conjunction with issuance of the easement.

Deepwater Wind was selected by LIPA to provide renewable energy to the South Fork in order to meet peak energy demands. The use of a renewable energy source will help the Town of East Hampton reach its goal of 100-percent renewable energy use.

A sign-up sheet will be provided at the May 17 hearing for those who wish to speak.

Written comments may also be submitted and will become part of the record.

The draft agreement is posted on the East Hampton Town website here.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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