Town Board Needs More Info Before Endorsing Off Shore Wind Farm

Requested Southold Town involvement in proposed Deepwater turbine project is 'very thin,' says councilman.

Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind is requesting support from Southold Town to build an offshore wind farm 30 miles from Montauk Point and 15 miles southeast of Martha's Vineyard.

It would be the nation's first 200-turbine, 900-megawatt offshore regional energy center, estimated to produce enough electricity to power 350,000 homes — about 10 percent of Long Island's electricity needs — and displace over 1.7 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, East Hampton Patch reported in August.

But Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said at Tuesday’s town board work session that he is reluctant at this point to endorse the proposed alternative energy project, which is part of a broad request for proposal from the Long Island Power Authority for an alternative power station, he said.

East Hampton Patch reported in August that the project would connect to LIPA’s electric grid at a substation in Shoreham through a 98-mile, 600-megawatt undersea transmission network. The cable line would stretch from Massachusetts to New York, through the Long Island Sound, south of Block Island and between Connecticut and the North Fork.

Deepwater Wind first submitted an application to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement in December 2010.

“I just don’t know enough about it yet,” the supervisor said.

Councilman Al Krupski said that Southold Town involvement in the wind farm is “very thin” at this stage, seeing as how the windmills are proposed for Rhode Island waters.

“And I just don’t think it’s going to happen,” he said. “This project will impact fishing and navigation. It seems they are looking for free public land. We have to look into this more closely.”

Russell added that Deepwater has proposed a staging area for the project in Greenport, which would in theory create jobs for locals. The board agreed that they were open for further discussion but not an official letter of endorsement for the proposed off shore wind farm.

Click here to read more on the the Deepwater proposal.

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forward thinking October 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Albert Jay Nock October 24, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Another pack of lies from Deepwater. They will impede navigation of the ocean, make air traffic unsafe, add a huge premium to New Yorker's electric bills, and for what exactly? Wind power does NOT save on fossil fuel use and does NOT reduce carbon emissions. It is unpredictable and intermittent, which negatively impacts the efficiency of conventional power plants in the grid.Check out the ERCOT Bentek IV study (Texas utilities), and the study Fred Udo did for the Irish Government.
maggie delia October 25, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Deepwater wind is very bad news. We have been fighting them for years in Block Island, where they have promised the same jobs as they are now promising to Long Island. LIes, lies, lies...We all need to wake up and take a stand for ourselves and the environment. What gives them the right to take our oceans away from us for FREE!!! and leave the ratepayers with huge overmarket electric bill and leave with their pockets a.k.a. D.E. Shaw overflowing with ratepayers and taxpayers money. Wind energy is not efficient and intermittent and expensive/almost impossible to maintain on land. How are we going to deal with these turbines out on the ocean. Look for wind turbine fires on UTube. How we deal with them on land is to watch them burn...It is so frustrating and incredible that they have gotten this far....
Farrel Charpentier October 28, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Are you two idiots serious? 5 tubines and unable to navigate? i am a marinier and sure i can as well as my fellow mariners up north can navigate around without running into them.. be real


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