New York’s second wind
It’s Friday, July 19, and New York is taking to the seas to meet renewable energy goals.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a contract yesterday with the Norwegian energy company Equinor to build the largest offshore wind operation in the United States. The $3 billion project will install 60 to 80 new turbines off the southeast shore of Long Island and is expected to generate enough power for 500,000 New York homes.
In addition to bringing the state a whole lot closer to reaching its goals of 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050, the project also marks an exciting milestone for offshore wind power. Right now, almost all of the wind-generated energy in the United States comes from inland wind farms, which are cheaper and easier to build. Offshore wind has the potential to produce more energy because it harnesses stronger and more consistent breezes.
Construction on the project is set to begin in 2022, and if all goes according to plan, electricity from the new turbines will begin flowing into New Yorkers’ homes by 2024. Though some of the details are still being finalized, Equinor has committed to partnering with New York construction companies and labor unions to build and install the turbines, creating an estimated 800 new, local jobs.
On Thursday, the Trump administration announced it will not ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, provoking the ire of public health advocates and environmental groups. The chemical, which is used on crops like corn, broccoli, soybeans, and fruits, has been linked to cognitive issues in children.
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