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Sep 18, 2018 4:17 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Deepwater Files Its Application For South Fork Wind Farm

Deepwater Wind has filed its application to construct 15 wind turbines, like those already built off Block Island, in the ocean some 30 miles southeast of Montauk. Michael Wright
Sep 18, 2018 4:39 PM

Deepwater Wind has filed its application to the state for permission to run a power transmission line from the planned South Fork Wind Farm into Wainscott and under East Hampton Town roads to a substation on the fringe of East Hampton Village.

The application, comprising dozens of exhibits and appendices, was filed on Friday with the State Public Service Commission, which will review the plans to bring the 50-mile-long power cable ashore. The plan is to run it beneath the ocean beach at Beach Lane and under town-owned roads and the Long Island Rail Road right-of-way to the PSEG Long Island-operated substation near Buell Lane.

The application, in its entirety, is available on the Deepwater Wind website, dwwind.com, and through the Public Service Commission’s website, dps.ny.gov. Hard copies of the application will be on file this week at the libraries in Montauk, Amagansett, East Hampton, Bridgehampton and Springs, and at East Hampton Town Hall and East Hampton Village Hall.

The company has also filed an application with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for the construction and operation of the 15 turbines, each some 600 feet tall, that will be anchored to the ocean floor a little more than 30 miles southeast of Montauk Point, and about 16 miles south of Block Island, in an area known as Cox Ledge.

The company will also have to apply to more than a dozen other federal and state agencies for review of various potential environmental impacts of the project before it can be built.

Deepwater Wind, which constructed the first offshore wind farm in U.S. waters off Block Island in 2016, has said that it expects the review process to take about two years, and construction another two years. The company has forecast the South Fork Wind Farm to come online in 2022.

“We look forward to the next steps in that process and encourage people to review our submission on the Public Service Commission’s website,” Deepwater spokesperson Meaghan Whims said this week. “Overall, the South Fork Wind Farm is moving forward on multiple fronts, including working with people on the South Fork to help make this project a reality by 2022.”

According to the project plans, the power cable to the farm would be brought ashore at Beach Lane underground, using a horizontal drill that would bore a conduit from a vault several hundred feet landward of the beach at Beach Lane to a site some 1,500 feet offshore, where it would be connected to the cable coming from the wind farm.

The company has asked East Hampton Town and the East Hampton Town Trustees for easements or leases that will allow it to run beneath town beaches and roads. The East Hampton Town Board has pledged its support and is currently negotiating the terms of the easements. The Trustees have taken no formal position on the company’s request but have hired an attorney to begin negotiations for a lease of the beach area.

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What could possibly go wrong with this scenario?
By bigfresh (3762), north sea on Sep 18, 18 11:09 PM
why don't you tell us
By BrianWilliams (58), on Sep 19, 18 9:34 AM
Good.
By Preliator Lives (304), Obamavillie on Sep 19, 18 6:54 AM
There are 4,000 offshore wind turbines in Europe, it’s settled science. We don’t need offshore drilling.
By Fred s (1218), Southampton on Sep 19, 18 7:49 AM
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By Preliator Lives (304), Obamavillie on Sep 19, 18 8:21 AM
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By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (4234), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 19, 18 8:32 AM
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By MoronEliminator (152), Montauk on Sep 19, 18 8:45 AM
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By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (4234), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 19, 18 8:51 AM
Where will it go and where will it go ashore?
By knitter (1486), Southampton on Sep 19, 18 10:10 AM
How much power is generated by 15 turbines? I know the company can sell whatever it produces, so they win, but how is the community benefitting? Cheaper electric bills? Has the case been made?
By CPalmer (22), Southampton on Sep 19, 18 10:11 AM
Deepwater Horizon's wind farm lease area is Cox's ledge which is 15ish miles ESE of Block Island. The existing five turbine Block island wind farm creates roughly 125 Gigawatts per year which powers about 17,000 homes.

PSEGLI currently charges me between 17 to 19 cents a kilowatt hour which seems fair, the NYS average is 18.1 cents per kilowatt hour. My balanced billing payment is less than $60/month for a 2,300 ish sq/ft house. I would like to pay more in visual assessment benefits ...more
By Aeshtron (156), Southampton on Sep 19, 18 10:53 AM
Skeptical of all this. This one project will power 50,000 homes? You know it won't work out that way. Wind is variable. What's the endgame? How many is enough? Fill the oceans with these things? Deepwater Wind seems to be a construction company. They make money building these things, they don't care if it's not enough power. In fact, it helps them to argue to build more!

The corporate web page doesn't inspire confidence. It's full of stock photos and happy-speak. I tried to open ...more
By Liman (23), Montauk on Sep 19, 18 11:38 AM
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Linen, when this first came up I looked into the European wind farms, they have a pretty good track record. It’s not new technology and it’s ever improving.it beats any offshore drilling hands down.
By Fred s (1218), Southampton on Sep 19, 18 12:08 PM
How many hurricanes and nor’easters do they get in Europe?
By btdt (425), water mill on Sep 20, 18 2:04 PM
This article reports the Easthampton town board has pledged its support of easements for this project and has begun negotiations. Trustees have taken no formal position, but have hired an attorney to begin negotiations for a lease of the beach area.
What I'd really like to know from the Easthampton board, trustees and lawyer types is when will you all uphold those Implementing regulations as written in your local waterfront revitalization program and do what it says- protect sensitive coastal ...more
By semi local (16), southampton on Sep 20, 18 2:30 PM
. . . "East Hampton" . . .

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By Nero (262), Sag Harbor on Sep 20, 18 5:35 PM
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