South Fork gets transmission approval


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the adoption of a joint proposal to build a 7.6-mile transmission line to link the proposed South Fork offshore wind farm to a substation in the town of East Hampton, Suffolk County.


The proposal was agreed to and adopted by the New York State Public Service Commission and more than a dozen stakeholders. The transmission line is the first approved project in New York State to connect to an offshore wind farm and is expected to be operational by 2023.


The proposed 132 MW South Fork is a proposed to construct up to 15 wind turbines with a capacity of 6 to 12 MW per turbine that will be located offshore approximately 19 miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island, and 35 miles east of Montauk Point, New York. Developers expect the project to be fully permitted by January 2022, with construction activities ramping up soon thereafter and the wind farm in-operations by the end of 2023. It is anticipated to power 70,000 average homes annually.

"When people say it's never been done before, New York shows them how to get it done, and this transmission power line - the first of its kind in the state - will showcase what the future of energy will look like,"
Governor Cuomo said. "Offshore wind is a critical component of our ambitious green energy vision, and this plan holds the blueprint that will move us a step closer to making this vision a reality."    


Commission Chair John B. Howard said, "Our decision today is one that hits all the right marks. With this decision, we demonstrate the clear need for the project while avoiding or minimizing adverse environmental impacts. Further, this project will play a key role in developing much needed clean-energy on Long Island and helping New York achieve its nation-leading renewable energy goals."

The purpose of the project is to transmit electricity generated by the proposed South Fork wind farm to the existing East Hampton substation. Together, the
South Fork wind farm and the transmission project address the need identified by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in its 2015 competitive bidding process for new sources of power generation that could cost-effectively and reliably supply the South Fork of Suffolk County. The project has been thoroughly discussed and vetted. Public statements hearings were well attended with approximately 80 speakers. In addition, nearly 3,000 written comments were submitted in the proceeding.
   
On September 14, 2018, Deepwater Wind South Fork, LLC, the developer, filed for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the construction of approximately 3.5 miles of submarine cable from the New York State territorial waters to the south shore of the Town of East Hampton in Suffolk County and approximately 4.1 miles of underground cable from the south shore to an existing East Hampton substation.
 
The joint proposal was agreed to by the developer, staff of the Department of Public Service, the Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Department of State, the Department of Transportation, the Town of East Hampton trustees, PSEG Long Island, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, the Group for the East End, Inc., Montauk United, Win With Wind, and others.
 
In addition to requiring that the cable will be buried at least 30 feet beneath the surface of Wainscott Beach, where the project is to make landfall, other conditions will limit construction periods to off-peak seasons to ensure construction-related impacts are minimised.


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