League of Women Voters To Hold Wind Farm Forum

Construction is ongoing at Deepwater Wind’s Block Island wind farm. Courtesy photo

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons Natural Resources Committee will host a panel discussion titled “Wind, a Clean Energy Solution” on Monday at Southampton’s Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Road, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The panel will dive deeper into the details of the installation, operation and costs of Deepwater Wind’s planned Atlantic Ocean wind farm off the coast of Montauk. That wind farm, to consist of 12 to 15 wind turbines in federally-leased waters, is expected to provide energy to about 50,000 homes on the South Fork. Topics for discussion will also include Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Master Energy Plan and vision for offshore wind projects, Long Island’s overall energy needs and how those needs can be met with renewable energy sources.

The panelists will include Doreen Harris, program manager for large scale renewables at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; Michael Voltz, director of energy efficiency and renewables at PSEG Long Island; and Clint Plummer, vice president of development at Deepwater Wind, the company that will build the wind farm off the coast of Montauk.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Sign-up for the event is recommended, and can be accomplished by contacting Natural Resources Committee chairperson Susan Wilson at 631-283-6549. For those who cannot attend, Southampton Town’s SEA-TV will tape and air the panel discussion at a later date. For more information, call 631-324-4637 or visit www.lwvhamptons.org.