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Offshore Wind Project in NY State Is First Phase of Many

Offshore Wind Project in New YorkThe Long Island and New York City region is about to get a burst of fresh air: Plans to build a 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm in U.S. waters east of Montauk are soon to be approved by the Long Island Power Authority.

Viewed as a significant step in achieving New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s goal of supplying 50 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030, the project would power approximately 50,000 homes by generating 350 megawatts of electricity.

Offshore wind power is considered preferable over land-based wind power because of its comparative strength.  Ocean-based wind power is also more consistently available, and can be situated close to end users, making distribution of electricity more economically feasible.

The Long Island wind farm is considered the first phase in a larger movement.  Deepwater Wind, the private company that will build and own the New York project, hopes to eventually build hundreds of turbines in the waters between Long Island and Massachusetts.  Final terms have yet to be negotiated, but if agreement is reached by early 2017, this new wind power could begin reaching Long Island customers by the end of 2022.  Read the full story.

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