Groups Voice Deep Disappointment in LIPA Postponement of Offshore Wind Vote

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Emily Pomilio (480) 286-0401,
Lisa Dix, (631) 235-4988,
Adrienne Esposito, (631)384-1378,
Gordian Raacke, (516) 313-6611,
Catherine Bowes, (802) 272-1243,

Uniondale, N.Y. - In response to the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) postponement of today’s vote to approve Deepwater Wind’s proposal to provide offshore wind power to the South Fork, the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation, Renewable Energy Long Island, and the Sierra Club issued the following statement:

“Today’s announcement to postpone LIPA’s vote for an offshore wind farm over 30 miles from Montauk is deeply disappointing. Last week, Governor Cuomo issued a statement in support of the project, saying: ‘I strongly encourage the Trustees to once again demonstrate New York's leadership on climate change and help achieve the state's ambitious goal of supplying 50 percent of our electricity from renewable energy by 2030.’ Today, we are calling on Governor Cuomo to follow through on this commitment to support offshore wind and work with LIPA to expeditiously reschedule this historic vote.

“We couldn't agree with the Governor more when he says that this project is ‘another opportunity for this state to lead the nation in creating a stronger, more resilient energy system and protecting the environment for future generations.’ When opportunity knocks, we must open the door. We need Governor Cuomo to ensure this vote happens quickly so that offshore wind power becomes a reality for New York.

“A timely commitment to offshore wind power for the South Fork is not only important in achieving Governor Cuomo’s laudable goal of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030, but it’s also critical for ensuring the reliable, cost-effective and clean operation of the electric system on the South Fork. In the absence of this wind farm, LIPA will be forced to add more fossil-fueled power plants that will increase costs for all ratepayers.”


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Groups Praise Governor Cuomo & LIPA for Recommending Approval of Nation's Largest Offshore Wind Project


July 14, 2016

Gordian Raacke, (516) 313-6611,

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Groups Praise Governor Cuomo and LIPA for Recommending Approval of Nation's Largest Offshore Wind Project

Uniondale, N.Y.— The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) announced today it is recommending development of New York’s first ever offshore wind farm. LIPA’s board will formally vote on the proposed contract at a meeting next Wednesday.

Slated to be the the largest in the nation, this 90-megawatt, 15-turbine offshore wind farm would be located far off the coast of Montauk, at the eastern end of Long Island. Deepwater Wind, one of the country’s leading offshore wind companies, would spearhead the project, which is estimated to be three times larger than the Block Island wind farm project slated to begin operation off the shores of Rhode Island later this year.  

For over five years, local, state and national organizations along with communities up and down Long Island in partnership with labor, municipal leaders and businesses have been actively engaged in pushing LIPA to embrace offshore wind power. Today, they cheered this announcement as the necessary first step in a bold long-term large scale offshore wind program for New York. The project will produce enough energy to power about 50,000 Long Island homes by 2022.

The Long Island Power Authority is expected to formally approve the project at the July 20, 2016 board meeting. LIPA and Deepwater Wind are expected to finalize all financial plans for the project by 2017.

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Joint Statement: LIPA’s Planned Adoption of Shared Renewable Energy Program

January 19, 2016 - For Immediate Release

Contact: Gordian Raacke 516-313-6611 (m) -

Joint Statement of Support for

LIPA’s Planned Adoption of Shared Renewable Energy Program

aka “Community Distributed Generation Net Meter Program”

 [Long Island, NY, January 19, 2016] A diverse group of organizations representing environmental groups, environmental and social justice groups, public health organizations, community groups, municipalities and clean energy companies, came together today to support plans by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to continue to grow and expand access to renewable energy on Long Island and to move Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision forward.

 LIPA has proposed to implement -- through a tariff change -- a shared renewable energy program (“Community Distributed Generation Net Meter Program”) that will significantly expand renewable energy opportunities on Long Island and conforms with NYS Public Service Commission direction to investor-owned utilities in the rest of the state.


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Long Island Assembly Members, Community, Conservation Leaders Call on Gov. Cuomo, LIPA to Commit to Offshore Wind

Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island speaks at the Rally for Renewables

Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island speaks at the Rally for Renewables on October 30, 2014



Contact: Kim Teplitzky,


Long Island Assembly Members, Community, Conservation Leaders Call on Gov. Cuomo, LIPA to Commit to Offshore Wind

Assembly Delegation letter & 20,000 petitions signatures presented at rally 


Uniondale – Today, Assemblyman Englebright joined dozens of community leaders at a rally outside LIPA headquarters calling on Governor Cuomo and LIPA to commit to offshore wind power this year. The Assemblyman presented LIPA with a letter of from the Long Island delegation that highlights the tremendous economic opportunity that would come with building wind off Long Island’s coasts.


In addition to the letter, conservation groups presented LIPA and the Department of Public Service with more than 20,000 petition signatures. The groups urged LIPA to follow through on their commitment to invest in 280MW of new renewable energy this year by choosing an offshore wind project 30 miles off the coast of Montauk.

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Contact: Kim Teplitzky, Sierra Club,

Gordian Raacke, Renewable Energy Long Island, 631-329-8888,

Miles Grant, National Wildlife Federation,

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