Deepwater Wind to Host Open House on Project Off Montauk

The Sierra Club has been a big supporter of Deepwater Wind's South Fork wind farm.
The Sierra Club has been a big supporter of Deepwater Wind’s South Fork wind farm.

Offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind, which in January was awarded a Long Island Power Authority bid to provide energy to the South Fork from a new wind farm 30 miles off Montauk, is hosting an East Hampton open house next week to give members of the public an overview of their plans.

The open house will be held at the Clinton Academy of the East Hampton Historical Society at 151 Main Street in East Hampton on Thursday, March 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Members of the wind farm’s team will be on hand to share updates on the project and answer questions from the public.

Organizers from the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign have been urging the public to attend.

“Deepwater Wind used local, union labor for its project off of Block Island, the United States’ first offshore wind farm, and took particular care with marine wildlife and community outreach,” said Organizing Representative Shay O’Reilly of the New York Beyond Coal Campaign of the Sierra Club. “This project is a historic achievement that will bring family-sustaining jobs to our state, defend us against climate change, and set New York on the path to being a renewable energy leader — all at a time when science and the health of our planet have never seemed more at risk.”

Deepwater Wind plans to place 15 six-megawatt wind turbines in an area 30 miles off Montauk where the company received a 30-year lease from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in 2013.

LIPA agreed in January to purchase the power from project, the first utility-grade offshore wind farm in the United States, as part of its goal of adding 280 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to the Long Island electric grid.

The project also helps East Hampton Town achieve its 2014 goal of meeting all its electrical energy needs from renewable sources by the year 2020, and it also aligns with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pledge in his State of the State address in January to develop up to 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind in New York by 2030, enough to power 1.25 million homes.

Deepwater Wind says, depending on the schedule for permitting, construction could start as early as 2019 and the wind farm could be operational as early as 2022.

More details on the project are online here.

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