The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork will be holding a public information program on Southampton and East Hampton Town energy issues on Monday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m. at Bridgehampton’s Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street.

The program, organized by the League’s Sustainability Committee Chair Terry Wildrick, will include speakers Lynn Arthur, Energy Chair of Southampton Town’s Sustainability Committee, and Lena Tabori, a member of East Hampton Town’s Sustainability Committee.

The speakers will discuss the towns’ progress working toward obtaining electricity from 100 percent renewable energy sources through Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and community solar.

Southampton Town is proceeding with CCA, which allows a municipality to work together with residents and small businesses to negotiate a bulk purchase price for electricity from a renewable source. It has held meetings to decide whether to send out a request for proposals and negotiate a contract.

East Hampton Town has a solar farm on Accabonac Road, a solar-plus-battery-storage installation at the Parks & Building Maintenance Department’s facility behind Town Hall, has solarized Hither Hills State Park, and is working with NYSERDA (the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority) to install solar panels on five East Hampton Housing Authority apartment complexes, and several other town sites.

The program will be taped by Southampton Town’s Sun20TV and available for viewing about two weeks later on www.youtube.com/@sun20tvsouthampton.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she 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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