Developer: We won’t pursue wind farm in waters off Hamptons
.......................... Then there’s New York State, which does not support wind-energy areas off the Hamptons and has registered opposition with BOEM, officials said.
“No one can really tell me who and why [New York regulators] don’t want these turbines in Fairways North and South,” off the Hamptons, said Thomas, noting the corridor has “the highest wind resource in the whole of the New York Bight.” He called the state’s opposition “extremely fishy.”
NYSERDA in a statement said the state “stands by” its decision to recommend areas outside the Hamptons-area sites “for a number of environmental and economic reasons.”
NYSERDA also defended its decision to allow only companies that hold leases for offshore wind areas rather than those developers that just have plans to bid on leases once areas are established.
“Obtaining an offshore federal lease is a critical step in site development that enhances project viability, establishes the project’s locational boundaries, and increases certainty of a project’s successful completion as well as its ability to deliver environmental and economic benefits to New York,” NYSERDA said in response to Newsday.
It’s not just the state that has formally opposed turbines off the Hamptons shoreline. Peter Von Scoyoc, supervisor of East Hampton Town, said even seeing turbines on the far horizon from Hamptons beaches would be unacceptable.
“We don’t really need to have them within site of land, and I don’t really support that,” he said. “That’s just one more thing to have to mitigate.”
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