New York State could issue its determination on the proposal to land the South Fork Wind Farm cable at Beach Lane in Wainscott as early as this Thursday, March 18.
The agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the state Public Service Commission calls for the Deepwater Wind South Fork LLC application to be “resolved through discussion.”
The meeting of the PSC can be streamed on Thursday morning, starting at 10:30 a.m. at dps.ny.gov/webcasts.html.
The PSC has been reviewing only the components of the proposal that will take place within the state’s boundaries: from 3 nautical miles offshore, where the 50-mile cable from the wind farm will enter state waters, to the onshore connection at Beach Lane and the 4.1 miles the cable would run beneath East Hampton Town Roads and the LIRR right-of-way to the LIPA substation property on the edge of East Hampton Village.
Opponents of the Wainscott landing proposal, led by the Citizens for the Preservation of Wainscott, have presented reams of evidence in support of having the cable brought ashore in Amagansett or Hither Hills instead of in Wainscott.
The wind farm developers — the Danish energy giant Ørsted and it’s partner, the New England utility company Eversource — have argued that the Beach Lane landing would be the shortest and least disruptive route between the sea and the East Hampton substation.
In January, the East Hampton Town Board and East Hampton Town Trustees agreed and signed lease and easement agreements with Ørsted that would allow the Wainscott cable route.
Opponents said that the signing of the agreements before the PSC had issued its findings could unfairly influence the state’s decision. Two citizens groups and more than two dozen homeowners who live along the cable route or near the substation filed a lawsuit in February seeking to have the signed easement agreements nullified.