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Activists celebrating offshore wind vote 01-25-2017 Photo by Hanna Ring

January 25, 2017: (Uniondale, Long Island, NY) 


The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) voted on January 25, 2017 to formally approve the development of New York’s first ever, and the nation’s largest, offshore wind farm, located off the east end of Long Island. The approved 90-megawatt, 15-turbine offshore wind farm will produce enough energy to power over 50,000 homes. LIPA cited that offshore wind was the most cost effective proposal to meet Long Island’s South Fork energy needs.  

Last week, in his bold State of the State announcement, Governor Cuomo committed to building 2,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power by 2030 – enough to power 1.25 million homes. The Administration will also release a master plan by the end of the year, mapping out the state’s intention to build offshore wind to scale, which is essential in ensuring the Governor meets his goal to power 50 percent of New York’s energy from renewables by 2030. The Governor also pledged his support for New York’s first, and the nation’s largest, offshore wind project off the east end of Long Island.

Local, state and national organizations hailed this project as an essential first step towards a bold, long-term, large scale offshore wind program for New York. Building off of LIPA’s historic vote today, groups also urged the LIPA Board of Directors to commit to an additional investment of at least 210 more megawatts of offshore wind in the upcoming Island Wide procurement. The decision, which is expected to happen in March of 2017, will help ensure Long Island becomes a regional hub for a new, clean energy industry, spurring thousands of jobs and economic development opportunities throughout the state.

“This is a big step for LIPA, a bold step for renewable energy on Long Island, and the beginning of an offshore wind industry in the State of New York and the country,” said Gordian Raacke, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Long Island. “We commend Governor Cuomo and LIPA for showing visionary leadership in the transition to renewable energy and thank all who have advocated for offshore wind energy over the last couple of decades.”

Click here for the entire news release (1/25/2017) with quotes from elected officials, business, labor & enviro leaders.

Click here to read offshore wind support statements from Long Island leaders

Click here to learn more about the South Fork Wind Farm to be built 30 miles east of Montauk

Click here to view offshore wind support letters from regional advocacy organizations

News12 poll on offshore wind 10/30/2014


The majority of Long Islanders supports an offshore wind farm proposed for 30 miles east of Montauk Point.

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  • Nancy Nagy
    commented 2017-02-09 12:44:10 -0500
    I strongly object to offshore windpower as it is a visual blight on the water. Solar on land is not. What about other green systems that do not put money in the pockets of overseas developers! We can do better! Nancy