As supporters of the wind industry, we were happy to learn that the Long Island Power Authority approved a plan last week for Deepwater Wind to build the nation’s largest offshore wind farm off the coast of Long Island.
The new wind farm will have 15 wind turbines and provide enough power for 50,000 homes. The wind turbines, 30 miles southeast of Montauk, are not expected to be visible from the Long Island shore. This could be the first of many installations at this location, as Deepwater is leasing a 256-square-mile parcel of land from the federal government that has room for up to 200 turbines.
The new wind farm has received support from the New York State governor, Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo has put forth a goal of producing 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. This is part of a larger goal of having 50% of New York State’s power come from renewable energy sources.
The new project has been praised as a way to help mitigate climate change, reduce dependency on fossil fuels, and create high-paying jobs. The wind farm is scheduled to begin producing power by 2022.