Long Island offshore wind farm approved

Will barely be visible from Block Island
Wed, 01/25/2017 - 2:30pm

Deepwater Wind, the developer of the Block Island Wind Farm, has been granted approval to construct a 15-turbine offshore wind farm 30 miles off the coast of Montauk. According to Deepwater Wind's website, the 90-megwatt wind farm will generate enough energy to power 50,000 homes on Long Island's South Fork.  

The South Fork Wind Farm will be sited approximately 15 miles from Block Island, making it barely visible within the island's viewshed. Meaghan Wims, spokesperson for Deepwater Wind said the developer has "not made final turbine location decisions." 

In a press release issued on Jan, 25, Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski said, “This is a big day for clean energy in New York and our nation. Governor Cuomo has set a bold vision for a clean energy future, and this project is a significant step toward making that a reality. The South Fork Wind Farm will be the second offshore wind farm in America, and its largest. There is a huge clean energy resource blowing off of our coastline just over the horizon, and it is time to tap into this unlimited resource to power our communities.”