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NY breaks ground on first offshore wind project

Feb 14, 2022 12:30 am

Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics that construction on New York's first offshore wind project started Feb. 11, off the coast of Long Island. The project, South Fork Wind, comes after federal regulators in January issued a final sale notice for the New York Bight, considered to be a key milestone in the push to build more offshore wind projects in the coming years. The New York Bight is the geological identification applied to a roughly triangular indentation along the Atlantic coast of the United States. It extends northeasterly from Cape May Inlet in New Jersey to Montauk Point on the eastern tip of Long Island. Gov. Kathy Hochul and U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland appeared together at the project site Feb. 11, calling the effort part of a major push to reduce the effects of climate change in New York. In her remarks, Hochul celebrated the project, saying it will also create jobs, and stimulate the post-COVID-19 economy. "... This is a historic day for New York, and I look forward to continue working with Secretary Haaland as we lead our nation toward a greener, brighter future for all," she said. State lawmakers previously approved a measure for the energy transition that includes the goal of producing 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind in the state by 2035. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.