Nation’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Will Be Built Off Long Island By DIANE CARDWELL

Summary: The Long Island Power Authority approved the nation's largest offshore wind farm on January 25. It is set in the waters between eastern tip of Long Island and Martha's Vineyard and is supposed to help power the Hamptons. This farm has 15 turbines and is able to power up to 50,000 homes. The company producing these these turbines, Deepwater Wind, says that this is the first on many offshore wind farms. Mr. Cuomo said that "this project will not only provide a new, reliable source of clean energy but will also create high-paying jobs, continue our efforts to combat climate change and help preserve our environment." The project was estimated to cost $1 billion but now is expected to only cost $740 million. This would be paid for by loans taken by the company and equity investments. One concern with the project is that the turbines will effect the ocean view but Deepwater says that from the shore you will not be able to see them. The farm is scheduled to start transmitting power by 2022 which means that construction of the farm can not start later then 2020.

Locations identified for wind power development along the Eastern Seaboard.

Analysis of Article: This article is noteworthy because it describes a way to produce renewable energy. Renewable energy is important because not only is it better for the environment but we are also using up all of our nonrenewable, like fossil fuels. This could also give people more information about wind turbines and how they would help solve our energy problems. Lastly it also explains how we plan on using and expanding wind power in the future.

My Big Takeaway: This article interest me very much because clean energy is something that I find very interesting. I also think that it is important to start trying to switch more to renewable energy. My hope is that this article will lead more people to understand the positives of renewable energy and start to try and take steps to limit their carbon foot print.

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