Hearing on South Fork Wind Farm Next Week

Orsted is looking to build a wind farm similar to this one off Block Island. Peter Boody photo

The New York State Public Service Commission will hold an information forum and hearing on the South Fork Wind Farm application submitted by Deepwater Wind, now Orsted, on Tuesday, June 11 at the East Hampton Emergency Services Building at 1 Cedar Street in East Hampton.

Two sessions will be held. An afternoon session will begin with an hour-long informational session at 2 p.m., followed by a “public statement hearing” at 3 p.m. The evening session will begin at 6 p.m. with the informational session, followed by the hearing at 7 p.m.

The developer has applied to the PSC for “the construction of approximately 3.5 miles of submarine export cable from the New York State territorial waters boundary to the south shore of the Town of East Hampton in Suffolk County, and approximately 4.1 miles of terrestrial export cable from the south shore of the Town of East Hampton to an interconnection facility with an interconnection cable connecting to the existing East Hampton substation in the Town of East Hampton, Suffolk County.”

The cable is proposed to come ashore at one of two locations: at the terminus of Beach Lane in Wainscott, or at Hither Hills State Park in Napeague. Other aspects of the South Fork Wind Farm project are under review by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.