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Wind Farm Forum Coming Thursday

Thu, 12/31/2020 - 10:03
Through the mists, a Block Island turbine. The proposed wind farm off Montauk will get an airing in a virtual meeting next week hosted by conservation groups.
Durell Godfrey

The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund will host a meeting on the proposed South Fork Wind farm on Thursday, Jan. 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Renewable Energy Long Island, Win With Wind, and the Group for the East End are co-hosts of the meeting.     

Representatives from the developers, Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind and Eversource Energy, will take part in the virtual meeting to address questions and concerns about the installation's onshore and near-shore footprint, including route selection, what to expect along the cable route and near the beach during construction and operation, and the project's permitting review process, timelines, and status. Participants will be able to submit questions in advance of and during the meeting.     

"Offshore wind will play a key role in New York's clean energy economy," Julie Tighe, the league's president, said in a statement announcing the event, "and we believe it is important for project developers to provide meaningful information to the community and communicate local impacts."   

The wind farm, to be situated approximately 35 miles off Montauk Point, will connect to the local grid at the Long Island Power Authority's substation in East Hampton. Its developers say that it will provide power to approximately 70,000 houses of average size. East Hampton Town and the town trustees recently shared details of the host community agreement negotiated with the developers, with the developers to pay the town almost $29 million over the life of the wind farm.     

Those interested in participating have been asked to R.S.V.P. at bit.ly/southforkwind.


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