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

Summary of Article: The Long Island Power Authority has recently approved the nation's largest offshore wind farm that will be located between the eastern tip of Long Island and Martha's Vineyard. This farm will be in a 256-square-mile parcel and have 15 turbines, each 600 feet tall and in total will be capable of powering 50,000 average homes. Wind power has had a hard time taking off in the United States. Now that this project is taking place, this lower-carbon source of electricity is expected to become part of the national energy mix. This plan has a big future, thanks to New York's Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who backed the project. Recently he has set a goal for the farm, he says that this project will allow for us to draw 50 percent of the state's power from renewable sources by 2030. This project will provide a new reliable source of clean energy, but will also create high-paying jobs, continue efforts to combat climate change and help preserve the environment.

This windmill project was projected to cost $1 billion but is now expected to be $740 million

The windmill turbines will be connected to a substation in East Hampton by a 50-mile undersea cable. This project is very important and useful because it is allowing the town of East Hampton to have a goal of meeting all of its electric demand with renewable energy by 2020. The project has, however, been facing some opposition as well, because the people are concerned that the tribunes will disrupt their businesses and consumers are worries about higher electricity prices. The project is expected to add $1.19 a month to the average customer bill.

This is a project overview of where the windmills are going

For more insight into understanding the windmills that are going to be placed off Long Island, check out the video below!

Analysis of Article: The content of this article is noteworthy, because wind turbines are an enormous clean energy resource. It is also a way to move the electric system off fossil fuels, which will help slow climate change, and create more jobs. This turbine project hopes to include 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind power, enough to power 1.25 million homes. It is the largest commitment to offshore wind in the country and is part of the state’s way of showing the future that the industry has and how serious it is about developing the resource.

A windmill farm in the ocean

Another noteworthy aspect of this method is that many other offshore wind projects have encountered opposition because of their effect on ocean views, however, this will not be the case for this project. Deepwater has said that turbines supplying East Hampton would not be visible from Montauk, on the tip of Long Island, and would barely be visible from Martha’s Vineyard, 15 miles away.

These are windmill farms from all around the world

My Big "Takeaway": I think that this new era that we are stepping into is going to do amazing things for the environment. With everything that is happening politically right now, I think it is great to see someone at the state level taking action and pushing for something that is going to help the country, environment and the world. Previously, wind power has struggled to take off in the United States, but the Long Island project signals that the long-awaited promise of a new, lower-carbon source of electricity is expected to become part of the national energy mix.

If you're interested check out the video below that shows you exactly how wind turbines are made at sea in further detail

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