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The plan for a proposed offshore wind farm 30 miles east of Montauk Point, which could have produced 20 percent of the East End’s electricity needs, was rejected by the Long Island Power Authority Board of Trustees on December 18.
In 2012, LIPA issued a request for proposals seeking projects that could produce up to 280 megawatts of green energy for Long Island. Deepwater ONE, the proposed 35-turbine wind farm, would have produced over 200 megawatts of power.
At a meeting on December 17, the LIPA aboard agreed to go ahead with 11 solar arrays, which would provide a total of 122 megawatts of power.
During the meeting, the board approved another request for proposals for the remaining 160 megawatts.
Jeff Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind, said on Wednesday,
“With today’s decision, LIPA/PSEG missed an opportunity to build a 21st century energy supply for Long Island and a new local industry employing hundreds for years to come,” said Jeff Grybowski, the CEO of Deepwater Wind. “Today’s decision by LIPA/PSEG does little to prepare Long Island for the future energy needs, save ratepayers money, or put Long Island laborers back to work.”
New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. also spoke out against the decision.
“While I do support the expansion of renewable energy sources, including solar arrays,” he said, “LIPA must start broadening their renewable portfolio. Unless we begin to invest in other alternative renewable energy infrastructure, LIPA is going to continue to rely on environmentally harmful energy production.”