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Letters: Don’t ignore local wind farm costs

In this photo made with a long exposure,

In this photo made with a long exposure, blades on wind turbines spin to produce electricity at a wind farm near Ellsworth, Kan., on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Credit: AP / Charlie Riedel

According to “Winds of change” [News, Aug. 8, 2016], New York State is using two public agencies, the New York State Energy and Research Authority and the Long Island Power Authority, to give strong consideration to a plan to install as many as 1,430 offshore wind turbines along the South Shore, from Far Rockaway to east of Montauk.

The state is invoking the powers held by those two public authorities to manipulate the advancement of this wind project.

A project of this magnitude could have Shoreham-like, long-lasting effects on debt and electric rates. The location of the turbines could adversely affect the commerce to the ports of New York and New Jersey and the productivity of the fishing and surf clam industries. In contrast to land-based power systems, offshore plants deliver no property taxes to our municipalities.

Meanwhile, PSEG Long Island has repeatedly stated that no new generation of power is required until 2028. Yet, the public authorities and the state insist on proceeding with this risky financial venture without adequate opportunity, to date, for ratepayers to discuss the effects.

Phil Healey, Massapequa

Editor’s note: The writer is president of the Biltmore Shores Civic Association, in Massapequa.


Don’t spend $7 billion to prop up old nuclear power plants, go solar [“Cash to aid nuke plants,” News, Aug. 2]!

Why not spend that money paying school districts and municipalities in New York State to install solar panels on the roofs of their buildings? Rebates for solar installations and reimbursements by utilities have been cut.

Grants to schools and local governments for solar would have many benefits: reducing carbon emissions and reliance on nuclear plants, creating good jobs and saving money for entities squeezed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s tax caps.

Postponing action is expensive!

Therese Madonia, Farmingville