New York approves a 90 MW wind farm off the coast of Long Island

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The Long Island coastline. (credit: Stanley Zimney ) On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state had approved a 90 MW offshore wind farm to be installed off the coast of Long Island. That would make what will be called the South Fork Wind Farm the biggest offshore wind farm in the US. The announcement comes just a month after Block Island, a facility off the coast of Rhode Island , became the first ever commercial offshore wind farm in the US to transmit electricity in late 2016. Deepwater Wind, the company that installed the turbines off Block Island, will also be supplying the turbines for South Fork. In a press release, the New York governor’s office wrote that the turbines will be placed 30 miles southeast of Montauk and “out of sight from Long Island’s beaches.” The press release added that South Fork will provide electricity for 50,000 Long Island homes. Two weeks ago, Governor Cuomo announced that New York would commit to installing 2.4 GW of offshore wind by 2030. That comes just as the state announced that Indian Point, a 2 GW nuclear energy facility just north of New York City, would close by 2021 . The state of New York celebrated the closure of Indian Point, claiming that the plant was unsafe and too close to a major metropolitan area. But critics of the move said it would be difficult for New York to replace all of that greenhouse-gas-free energy with renewable energy. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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