Deepwater Wind

Ominous winds blow, but offshore efforts hold steady

By GREGORY ZELLER // President Trump is tapping the breaks on offshore-wind development, but the burgeoning billion-dollar industry is still poised to reset environmental and economic barometers. That’s the word from world-class energy guru Robert Catell, chairman of the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, who’s staying calm in response to the announcement that the Trump Administration is delaying permits for the first major U.S. offshore wind farm, until such time that the administration…


The winds of war swirl around off-shore turbines

By GREGORY ZELLER // As a concept, ocean-based wind-energy harvesting is gaining momentum on Long Island – but don’t expect completely smooth sailing for the increasingly popular alternative-generation movement. Although wind farms are rising around the globe and contributing ever-larger percentages of the electricity flowing through international energy grids, the “green” projects often face stiff opposition –  ironically, from environmentalists, and often from commercial fishermen who say the ocean-based platforms disrupt natural breeding grounds and threaten their livelihoods. Long Island anglers,…


LIPA approves nation’s largest offshore wind farm

By GREGORY ZELLER // Thar she blows. The Long Island Power Authority Board of Trustees has voted to approve the nation’s largest offshore wind farm in Long Island waters. As proposed by Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind, the 90-megawatt South Fork Wind Farm – also New York State’s first offshore wind energy-harvesting operation – will be located 30 miles southeast of Montauk. The farm, which officials have repeatedly asserted will be out of sight of Long…


Island winds blowing in Deepwater’s direction

By GREGORY ZELLER // Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for wind-energy harvesting in Long Island waters has earned rave reviews from environmental activists. A who’s-who of regional rainmakers from the energy and ecology sectors are cheering Cuomo’s call for the Long Island Power Authority to approve what would be the nation’s largest offshore wind farm, proposed for the Atlantic Ocean about 30 miles southeast of Montauk. The governor implored the LIPA Board of Trustees in a…


LIPA trustees postpone wind-farm vote

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Power Authority has delayed a vote on a proposed turbine farm that would set a new high-water mark for U.S. offshore wind-energy projects. LIPA trustees were expected to approve Wednesday the utility’s plans for a 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm and to award the project to offshore developer Deepwater Wind, which is planning to flip the switch on a 30-megawatt, five-turbine farm off the coast of Rhode Island later this year….