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Feb 9, 2016 1:31 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Energy Sustainability Committee In Favor Of Plans For Offshore Wind Farm

Deepwater Wind Vice President of Development Clint Plummer shares plans for an offshore wind farm with the East Hampton Town Energy Sustainability Committee on Thursday. KYRIL BROMLEY
Feb 9, 2016 1:31 PM

The East Hampton Energy Sustainability Committee hosted a presentation by Deepwater Wind Energy on Thursday morning at Town Hall to introduce the company’s proposal for an offshore wind farm and two battery operated storage systems to be located in East Hampton.

The plan is part of the Rhode Island developer’s submission to LIPA and PSEG’s request for proposal to find a solution to the South Fork’s growing need for energy sources.

The 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm would be located 30 miles southeast of Montauk, far enough to be over the horizon, while the energy storage systems, consisting of lithium-ion battery technology, would be built on Industrial Road in Montauk and at the Wainscott Commercial Center, said the company’s Vice President of Development Clint Plummer.

“Wind is a massive global resource, something that makes sense for places that are densely populated,” Mr. Plummer told members of the committee and community members in attendance.

According to Mr. Plummer, the location of the proposed offshore wind farm is like “the Saudi Arabia of wind”—plentiful and accessible.

“It’s the best wind source in the country. We’d be providing 25 to 30 percent of energy at any given hour on the South Fork,” said Mr. Plummer. “The benefit of combining [the wind farm] with storage is that we can draw energy, store it and get back on grid when needed.”

According to Deepwater, the wind farm would provide power to about 50,000 homes across the South Fork.

The company is already in the midst of constructing the first offshore wind energy program in the United States off Block Island—15 minutes south of the coast of Rhode Island and 15 miles east of Montauk Point. Mr. Plummer said the construction is halfway through and it will be fully operational by next year.

Meanwhile, LIPA and PSEG are set to announce their decision on the new wind farm off Montauk in May. If Deepwater’s proposal is selected, construction could begin as early as 2019, said Mr. Plummer.

Following the meeting, former chairman of the Energy Sustainability Committee Frank Dalene said 100 percent of the committee was in favor of the proposal.

“It’s a no-brainer,” he said. “It’s an untapped resource. We have to look to Europe, who has been doing this for a long time now.”

Mr. Dalene said in the past year Denmark made history by operating the entire country’s electricity for an entire day with energy produced from an offshore wind farm.

“The fact that we haven’t tried it yet is really a shame,” he said.

However, many members of the committee have begun brainstorming ways to voice their support for Deepwater’s plan in order to make the offshore wind farm a reality for the South Fork.

Some of the committee members will make their opinion known by attending an upcoming LIPA board meeting on March 16.

The committee said they have also asked East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell to write a letter to LIPA and PSEG.

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Why are they proposing to build the wind farm so far away....O I forgot this is Nimby Island, we don't want to actually see them, we just want the lights to come on magically. Who cares if it doubles the cost as long as the elite have their views.
By Preliator Lives (432), Obamavillie on Feb 9, 16 3:09 PM
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Are you advocating for a closure of the airport and instead making a wind farm there? Might be make more financial sense for the town...LOL
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Feb 9, 16 6:45 PM
I am advocating common sense which seems to be so god damn rare now as to be considered a super power.
By Preliator Lives (432), Obamavillie on Feb 10, 16 6:38 AM
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By bigfresh (4594), north sea on Feb 9, 16 7:48 PM
How else are we to power all those houses with over 10,000 square feet of climate controlled space browning out the neighborhood, movie theaters, and bowling alleys?

Fossil fuel?
By Mr. Z (11692), North Sea on Feb 9, 16 8:03 PM
wind energy is a good concept , let's see if they can make it happen here, with PRIVATE funding. Fossil fuel will work just fine in the interim .
By bigfresh (4594), north sea on Feb 9, 16 10:12 PM
Deep water is run by lobbyiests, hedge fund managing directors, global investment firms, private equity banks and domestic oil/gas companies looking to diversify. They dont' care about Long Island. We do not need people like that building ''wind farms'' offshore. There has never been an iota of evidence presented that would indicate this will save the consumer a dime. These types of firms are known for making spectacular profits at the expense of anyone and everyone.
Feb 10, 16 7:22 AM appended by KevinLuss
by the way, it's the lithium ion batteries that these folks want to use that grounded boeing's entire fleet of next generation jumbo jets, have caused hoverboard to explode are the reason 10k of 30k tesla autos have caught fire and otherwise have a tendency to cause expensive machinery to go up in smoke. do your homework before we respond to some nebulous ''meet the growing need of energy''.
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Feb 10, 16 7:22 AM
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Anyone with an Internet connection can learn how horrible the wind farm idea has turned out for Europe. Just google "Europe wind farm problems". Not only does it cost more to consumers but the industry is a flop. Leave it to Cantwell to support something that will end up increasing everyone's energy bills. Uber prohibition, rental registry, Montauk parties, closure of the airport...this will fit right in on his list of "accomplishments" that harm the local community.
By localEH (426), East Hampton on Feb 10, 16 1:48 PM
What is wrong with Cantwell wanting to control the wild party scene in Montauk? Are you a property owner or one of the imbecile surfer dudes, with no real stakes in the community, with all sorts of criticism but no solutions?
By mtkfish (59), montauk on Feb 21, 16 9:55 AM
I spent 10+ years in California where the landscape is littered with abandoned ''wind farms''. They do not work.

Forget when the owners take short cuts to maximize profit:
Welding questions join list of troubles compiled by CRMC

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — Construction of the Block Island Wind Farm is once again raising red flags and upsetting state officials. Last month, the Deepwater Wind project caused alarm after inspectors found equipment ...more
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Feb 11, 16 6:27 AM
I had come across this article and wondered if there were any thoughts or research done to address this: infrasound or low frequency noise from wind turbines is likely to make anyone within 10 km of a wind turbine sick". Read the article here: http://www.epaw.org/media.php?lang=es&article=pr39 and continue to research...
By dch10 (6), Sag Harbor on Feb 11, 16 12:39 PM
Not in my ocean! Go Nuclear! ;)
By Jaws (244), Amity Island on Feb 19, 16 12:26 AM