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Beyond the sea
Some members of our editorial board took a charter boat trip Wednesday out of Montauk to see up close the wind farm three miles off Block Island.
The five 550-foot turbines and their 75-meter blades (maximum speed: 200 mph) were impressive. And so is what comes next.
Deepwater Wind, which erected those turbines to serve Block Island and New England, has a federal lease to 256 square miles of ocean another 20 miles to the southeast and a contract from the Long Island Power Authority to deliver 90 megawatts of offshore wind power to the East End of Long Island. The company expects to begin construction in 2021 and be fully operational by the end of 2022, according to vice president of development Clint Plummer.
The turbines off Block Island produce 6 megawatts each; with technology advances, Plummer said turbines in the new wind farm will generate 6 to 9.5 megawatts each. He said the parcel could produce as much as 2,000 megawatts. The company plans to develop it in phases, depending on future power contracts with New York and states in New England.
Plummer said Deepwater Wind is not affected by Norwegian giant Statoil Oil winning a lease for an 80,000-acre wind farm 11 miles off Jones Beach, or by the state recommending to the feds more than 1 million acres for wind power arrays in two ocean parcels farther south and east from Statoil’s plot.
“We think in our industry, a rising tide lifts all boats,” Plummer said, referring to the growing interest in wind power on the state and national levels.
More capacity and better reliability, he said, make it easier to achieve Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s goal of delivering 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind power to the state by 2030.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s post-Hurricane Maria efforts for Puerto Rico have included the deployment of dozens of state personnel, as well as partnerships with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and brands like Tidal. Those efforts are helping to contrast Cuomo with that other executive, President Donald Trump.
In a widely shared video clip on the site Mic.com that might have been a campaign ad, “Hamilton” star Javier Muñoz put a fine point on the contrast earlier this week: “There’s absolutely nothing anyone can argue to me in defense of our president when Governor Cuomo could make it to Puerto Rico just two days after Hurricane Maria.”
He went on to call Trump’s response and remarks “grossly negligent,” comparing Cuomo’s two-day response time with the four days it took Trump to get to Florida after Hurricane Irma, let alone Puerto Rico.
At the end, Muñoz highlighted two websites for non-federal relief. One is associated with Luis Miranda, father of “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and founding president of the Hispanic Federation, which has praised state efforts for Puerto Rico. Its website is hispanicfederation.org/donate. Muñoz also cited “Governor Cuomo’s effort”: ny.gov/puertorico.
As the New York Yankees resume their pursuit of a record 28th World Series title with Thursday night’s American League Division Series opener against the Cleveland Indians, consider the presidential politics framing their quest:
Of the Yankees’ 27 World Series victories, 20 came during Democratic administrations, including the last nine straight. Their last win under a Republican? 1958, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House.
Cleveland, of course, has the longest current World Series drought in Major League Baseball. Its last title came in 1948. And Democrats were president both then and in the Tribe’s only other World Series triumph in 1920.
What does it all mean?
Since President Donald Trump has changed parties so many times, who knows?