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Letter: Wind power still vital for Island

SeaWest Windpower wind turbine generators are seen near

SeaWest Windpower wind turbine generators are seen near Tracy, Calif. Photo Credit: AP, 2001

The debate over whether to shutter or repower certain outdated power plants reached a new peak last week when the Long Island Power Authority approved a new power supply agreement with National Grid ["Deal on power plants OKd," News, Oct. 3]. While new fossil-fueled power plants promise to be cleaner, they simply can't compete with the emission-free and water-friendly credentials of renewable energy.

Among the renewable front-runners is wind power. LIPA and the Cuomo administration can take comfort in the key findings of two new reports from the Natural Resources Defense Council: Each major wind farm in the United States creates nearly 1,100 jobs and can add tens of millions of dollars in new taxes and other benefits to communities that host the turbines.

Whether it is additional onshore wind power or New York's first offshore wind farm (preferably both), it is not too late for LIPA and the state to act.

As LIPA chief operating officer Michael D. Hervey explained, the power supply agreement is only part of the equation; LIPA must still secure new generation resources, including renewables, to meet customer needs.

Wind power can and should be a major part of the equation.

Kyle Rabin, Manhattan

Editor's note: The writer is a director with Grace Communications Foundation, a nonprofit environmental advocate.