Enviros urge Cuomo to move ahead with Long Island project

Source: By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Environmental groups are urging the state of New York to push forward to approve a plan to build the second wind farm in U.S. waters.

The Sierra Club and more than 30 other environmental groups in a letter Friday asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to urge the Long Island Power Authority to reschedule a vote on the project.

The authority was scheduled to vote last week on a proposal from Deepwater Wind LLC to install 15 turbines with 90 megawatts of capacity about 30 miles off the coast of Long Island.

But the vote was canceled while officials from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority wait several weeks for the state to release a comprehensive plan for offshore wind.

“The governor has already identified offshore wind as being a key piece of getting to his 50 percent renewable energy goal by 2030,” David Alicea of the Sierra Club said yesterday. “The project is almost ready to go, and this is best chance to move it forward” (Joe Ryan, Bloomberg, July 25). — NS