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Source: News 12 Long Island

LIPA approves largest wind farm in United States

LIPA board expected to approve off-shore wind farm

Posted: January 27, 2017
Originally Published: January 25, 2017

MONTAUK - The largest offshore wind farm in the United States was approved in a unanimous decision Wednesday by the LIPA board.

The plan calls for a 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm in the ocean 30 miles east of Montauk. It will cost $740 million to construct.

In addition to being the largest offshore wind farm in the country, it's also the first one of its kind in New York.

"We can no longer rely on the antiquated, dangerous, dirty fossil fuel industry," says Adrienne Esposito, of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. "We must move toward alternative, clean, safe, renewable energy. That's what happened today."

Environmentalists say it will bring clean power to the South Fork, but critics argue it would negatively impact the commercial fishing industry.

"I don't know exactly what's green about pile-driving the sea bed," says Chris Scola, of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association.

LIPA says the wind farm should be delivering energy to the South Fork in about five years.