To: Win With Wind supporters
From: Win With Wind steering committee
Date: Feb. 14, 2021
Topic: Update on the South Fork Wind Farm
Dear friends of WWW,
We would like to update you regarding where we stand in the 4-year-long process of getting the South Fork Wind Farm approved, built and operational.
Permits for this project are on 3 tracks:
Local (Town of East Hampton)
State of New York Public Service Commission: article 7
Federal: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
Regarding local permits, the town of East Hampton has voted to grant an easement for Orsted/Eversource to lay the underground powerlines coming ashore on Wainscott’s beaches. The Trustees have also voted to lease the beach area for the cable landing to Orsted/Eversource. See the East Hampton Town website and the East Hampton Star.
Regarding NY State Article 7 Proceedings, a yearlong public comment session has terminated with about 70 “interveners” many of whom tried to slow down the process. A final decision for the Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need is expected by end of March.
The federal BOEM process is wrapping up too. The following graph shows where we are:
We are in the late phases of BOEM’s environmental and technical reviews after which there will be a decision on COP (construction and operations plan) approval.
Many of you have asked how to help support the South Fork Wind Farm. One thing you can do this coming week is to join a ZOOM call managed by BOEM. It is educational as BOEM officials will present the entire project. It is also an opportunity to give an oral (and/or written) commentary in support of renewable energy and SFWF in particular. Several of us took part in BOEM’s first two ZOOM events earlier this week. Would you participate next week? Here is the sign-up link:
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
5:00 pm ET
Registration: Webinar Registration – Zoom
Webinar ID: 991 6301 7012
Here is an example of Michael Hansen’s testimony:
Judith Hope | Cate Rogers | Jessica James | Alice Tepper Marlin | Tina Plesset | Michael Hansen | Jerry Mulligan | David Posnett