Could Offshore Winds Blow Your Energy Costs Away?


 Do you love windmills? Well envision peering out to the horizon on the Atlantic Ocean and seeing massive 80-meter tall, wind turbine steel towers dotting Rockaway’s shoreline, rhythmically spinning to produce energy for your home or business.

As unfathomable as this may sound, it could soon be a reality.

On Monday, August 14, 6 p.m., at Queens Public Library - Peninsula branch, you can learn more. New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is hosting the first of three open houses to discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pledge to generate 2.4 gigawatts of power from offshore wind by 2030. According to NYSERDA, the Governor’s “Master Plan” will provide enough power for 1.25 million homes, while also providing thousands of new job opportunities, significant investments and a renewable source of energy for years to come.

"The Master Plan will propose the best possible sites for offshore wind development off New York’s coast, establish guidelines for project developers, and provide recommendations for the purchase of offshore wind energy to ensure the lowest cost. New York’s Clean Energy Standard mandates that 50 percent of the State’s electricity come from renewable resources by 2030,” said the NYSERDA spokesperson.

Instead of using electricity to make wind, like a fan, wind turbines use wind to make electricity. The wind turns the blades, which spin a shaft, which connects to a generator and makes electricity. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power. A typical modern turbine generates usable amounts of power over 90 percent of the time. It will start to generate electricity when wind speeds reach six to nine miles per hour, and cut off at about 45 miles an hour (or 20 meters per second) to prevent equipment damage.

"Whatever your position on placement of wind farms, we need to be having this conversation," said Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato.  "The number-one contributor to climate change is energy production, and I know that I speak for everyone on the peninsula when I say that we know the physical impact of too many non-renewable energy sources. If they do station offshore farms, I'm sure we'll see some crop up on the horizon — so for many reasons, local residents should go, get more information and be part of the conversation about where we go from here.”

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo is also going with the wind with his support. ”I want to thank Governor Cuomo for his continued support of the Offshore Wind Project, which seeks to build a facility about 12 miles off the coast of the Rockaway peninsula to provide clean, renewable energy to residents in the city, Westchester County and Long Island. I look forward to working with NYSERDA to obtain the lease, in the hope that this offshore wind farm will help to eliminate more than 540,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year — the equivalent of removing 120,000 vehicles from local streets."

So are you ready to offset your energy costs with offshore winds? Find out how, and get all your questions answered at the State's first information session, “Master Plan for Offshore Wind,” at Peninsula Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Note other sessions scheduled are in Staten Island on August 15 and Coney Island on August 16.

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By Kami-Leigh Agard


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