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Letters: Plans for wind farm, about time

View from Southeast Light on Block Island of

View from Southeast Light on Block Island of construction on the Block Island Wind Farm. Credit: The Providence Journal / Sandor Bodo

Thank you for your reporting on the wind farm proposed beyond the horizon off Montauk [“The winds of change,” News, Aug. 12]. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the Long Island Power Authority and the Public Service Commission all deserve credit for responding positively to the concerns of Long Islanders about climate change. As your article noted, there will be opposition, but opposition does not address the problem.

Wind power already supplies more than 10 percent of power needs in 12 states, but for the most part these are states with vast open spaces. In the densely populated northeast, land-based wind is problematic. Europeans and the Chinese have shown that offshore wind is doable and economical. In 2015 alone, more than 3,755 megawatts of wind power came online.

One can conclude two things from that number: Those who have added wind power love it and are building more as fast as they can. And second, this 75-megawatt beginning off Montauk should be viewed in the context of how far behind our nation is in the development of clean energy.

Don Matheson, East Hampton

Editor’s note: The writer is a member of the Long Island chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby.


Spending $7 billion to extend old nuclear plants upstate is misguided [“Cash to aid nuke plants,” News, Aug. 2].

Climate change, polluting fossil fuels, and shutting down nuclear power plants nationwide have been in media headlines. Instead of a front-page headline asserting that information, Newsday presented the story on page A30 of its business section.

Equally misguided are the Public Service Commission members who are pushing nuclear jobs rather than numerous wind power producers upstate. Renewables lost out in that PSC discussion to wasteful nuclear spending.

Peter Quinn, West Islip

Editor’s note: The writer is an energy activist and a past member of the Suffolk County Executive’s Energy Advisory Committee.