NY utility plans largest US offshore wind farm

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York utility says it plans to construct an offshore wind farm off eastern Long Island that would be the nation’s largest.

Long Island Power Authority CEO Thomas Falcone says the utility’s board of directors is set to approve a proposal next week to construct a 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm 30 miles east of Montauk.

LIPA is awarding the project to a company already building the nation’s first offshore wind farm near Block Island, Rhode Island. That 5-turbine, 30-megawatt project goes online later this year.

The U.S. lags behind Europe and others in development of offshore wind energy. Many offshore wind farms in Europe are already producing hundreds of megawatts of power.

Falcone says the LIPA project could be finished as soon as 2022.

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