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Two Towns to Talk Energy

Thu, 09/14/2023 - 07:56

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island, and the North Fork will hold a public information program on East Hampton and Southampton Towns’ energy issues on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.

The program is organized by Terry Wildrick, who heads the league’s sustainability committee, and will include Lynn Arthur of Southampton’s Sustainable Southampton advisory committee and Lena Tabori of East Hampton’s energy and sustainability advisory committee as speakers. They will discuss the towns’ progress toward achieving all of their electricity from renewable sources by way of community choice aggregation, or C.C.A., and community solar.

Southampton is proceeding with C.C.A., which allows a municipality to work with residents and businesses to negotiate a bulk purchase price for electricity. The town has held meetings to decide whether to send out a request for proposals and negotiate a contract.

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

The program will be recorded by Southampton’s Sun20TV and be available for viewing about two weeks later on its YouTube channel.

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