December 30, 2016
By Stephanie West
Uniondale, NY – Located off the east end of Long Island, Deepwater Wind’s 90-megawatt, 15-turbine project will produce enough energy to power about 50,000 Long Island homes by 2022.
Additionally, groups are calling on LIPA to move forward on the Island-Wide renewable energy Request for Proposal in early 2017 which could include another 210 MW of offshore wind off of Long Island’s south fork.
“A comprehensive offshore wind program is essential to building a strong, clean-energy economy in our great state, and to meeting carbon reduction goals,” New York Senator Todd Kaminsky said. “New York must remain a responsible, conscientious player in tackling climate change. I will continue to push for clean-energy policies that provide safe, reliable, and renewable power.”
With states like Massachusetts and Rhode Island already moving forward with offshore wind power now, New York should act quickly to become a regional hub for this new clean energy industry. On December 15, Statoil Wind US LLC won the most recent Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) offshore wind lease auction securing 80,000 acres off the Rockaway’s.
“Our region is blessed with a remarkable offshore wind resource that can help transform our energy economy. Committing to power Long Island with offshore wind will put us on a path to meet New York State’s renewable and energy efficiency goals, including reaching the 50 percent carbon emission reduction by 2030 and the 80 percent reduction by 2050,” New York Assemblyman Steve Englebright said. “Investing in offshore wind power generation will also power our regional economy and position Long Island to serve as a major regional hub for the U.S. offshore wind industry in the long term.”
With Governor Cuomo commiting to a large-scale, long-term offshore wind program in the state, he will meet his goal of powering 50 percent of New York’s energy from renewables by 2030 and provide thousands of new jobs and economic development opportunities throughout the state.
“The Long Island Federation of Labor applauds Governor Cuomo’s vision for renewable energy,” John R. Durso, President, Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO said. “It will address our concerns about climate change and make New York a leader in creating union jobs in an emerging offshore wind industry. We look forward to LIPA’s approval of projects proposed by Deepwater Wind which will enable Long Island to become a leader in renewable energy.”