New York Moves Forward with Offshore Wind
The Long Island Power Authority’s board of directors is expected to approve the proposed 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm off the coast of Long Island on Wednesday. This would be the nation’s largest offshore wind energy project, three times larger than one due to go online this year off Rhode Island. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has already released their Environmental Assessment findings and is moving forward with its review process. Wind energy is clean, creates jobs, and will help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. While New York plans to have offshore wind, BOEM also gave leases off of New Jersey, but without financing rules the Christie Administration will block these projects from happening.
“New York is taking a major step forward to make offshore wind a reality. The Long Island Power Authority will vote on the offshore wind project Wednesday and it is important that this project is moving forward. Offshore wind is the most reliable and cost effective form of offshore power. It will create thousands of jobs and is great way to jumpstart the coastal economy, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our impact on climate change,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “The East Coast, with its large metropolitan areas and dense suburbs is hungry for green jobs, economic investment and clean renewable energy. This offshore wind project will create jobs in installing, operating, and maintaining wind turbines as well as could promote new factories and manufacturing. Jobs would also be created building the substations and electric connections to serve the windmills. We need to increase renewable energy throughout the region to end our dependence on fossil fuels, mitigate climate change, and reduce pollution.”
This offshore wind project would help boost local economies, while creating green jobs. Jobs will be created by rebuilding Ports, building new factories, manufacturing the steel for the turbines, and assembling and transporting the windmills. At the same time, the Long Island region is in demand for more power sources. Currently, PSEG plans to bring electricity from a new underground transmission line in the Atlantic Ocean to power Long Island to make a higher profit after they took over Long Island Power. The Poseidon transmission line will do irreparable harm to the environment, could keep polluting power plants open in New Jersey and increase our dependence on fossil fuels. This project will increase demand of New Jersey’s power plants to serve the transmission line used to power PSEG’s Long Island customers.
“Offshore wind will help power Long Island who is in desperate need of new power sources. This project will help avoid a new natural gas power plant from being built that will cause more air pollution. It will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions from New Jersey and end the Poseidon transmission line that will cause a lot of environmental damage,” said Jeff Tittel. “P oseidon ’s proposed Transmission line will ship electric power from New Jersey to Long Island, taking power from our power plants so they get the electricity and we get the pollution. If this project is built, we may even see electricity being shipped from the Seawaren 7 and Woodbridge CVP plant to Long Island. It will also increase demand to make our state’s dirty coal plants more cost effective. This is being proposed because PSEG can get 1/3 more money in Long Island than New Jersey because prices are higher there, but it will increase pollution in our lungs.”
In New Jersey, six years ago Governor Christie signed the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA), but since then he has repeatedly blocked efforts to ensure we have wind turbines off our coast. Delaying offshore wind projects costs our state jobs, renewable energy, and venture capital investments. The Christie Administration has failed to fully implement the OWEDA, to establish a funding mechanism for offshore wind, to jump start the manufacturing of wind turbines in our state, and to develop windmills off our coast. As we continue to rebuild our coast in the wake of multiple storm events we need to invest in clean, renewable energy sources that do not contribute to climate change.
“We want to see wind energy happen in New York because in New Jersey it may not happen until we get a new Governor. For the past six years, the Christie Administration has been holding offshore wind hostage. We have the wind and companies like Fisherman’s Energy that are ready to build, but all along the Christie Administration has failed to release the financing rules. The Christie Administration is running out of excuses. Our Governor has held offshore wind hostage because of his national political ambitions. This is hurting our economy and preventing green jobs and clean energy from being a reality,”said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “New Jersey has clearly fallen behind, but we desperately need offshore wind to deal with sea level rise and climate change. We support New York moving forward with offshore wind because it will create green jobs and reduce pollution for the entire region.”