Cuomo backs New York offshore
LIPA to decide on 90MW South Fork wind farm on Wednesday
The governor of New York has thrown his weight behind a proposed 90MW offshore wind farm in the waters around Long Island.
Andrew M Cuomo “strongly encouraged” the board of the Long Island Power Authority, which is considering the project on Wednesday, "to demonstrate’s NY's leadership on climate change and help achieve the state’s ambitious goal of supplying 50% of our electricity from renewable energy by 2030”.
He added ahead of the LIPA board meeting: “Investing in NY’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.”
Deepwater Wind is planning to build 15 turbines around 30 miles southeast of Montauk. LIPA is looking for commercial operations in December 2022.
The Deepwater One South Fork proejct is the first phase of a proposed 1GW offshore wind farm in the Atlantic off NY, where the developer already holds a federal lease.
Image: Deepwater is currently building the Block Island wind farm off Rhode Island (DWWind)