Deepwater Wind Files Application with Public Service Commission

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A tour of Deepwater Wind's wind farm off Block Island. Peter Boody photo

Deepwater Wind, the company that has proposed to build the 15-turbine South Fork Wind Farm some 30 miles off the coast of Montauk, filed its application on September 14 with the Public Service Commission, requesting permission to run a power transmission line from the wind farm to a landing site in Wainscott and under town roads to a power substation.

The application, which includes over 100 filings of testimonies, exhibits, appendices and this week even comments from some members of the public, is available at dps.ny.gov as well as the Deepwater Wind website, dwwind.com, with copies also available at local libraries and at East Hampton town and village halls.

The company has also filed its application with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for approval to construct and operate the South Fork Wind Farm, and will have to apply to other state and federal agencies during the course of what is expected to be a two-year permitting process before construction can begin. If approved, construction is estimated to take an additional two years.

“We look forward to the next steps in that process and encourage people to review our submission on the Public Service Commission’s website,” said Deepwater Wind spokesperson Meaghan Wims via email last week. “Overall, the South Fork Wind Farm is moving forward on multiple fronts, including working with people on the South Fork to help make this project a reality by 2022.”

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