New York approves nation’s largest offshore wind farm

January 26, 2017 by  
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It’s official – New York just gave the green light for the nation’s largest offshore wind farm. The new South Fork Wind Farm will generate 90 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity from 15 turbines — enough energy to power more than 50,000 homes. Offshore developer Deepwater Wind, fresh off its successful completion of the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island, won the contract to install the turbines 30 miles southeast of Montauk. The turbines will be connected to a substation in East Hampton by a 50-mile undersea cable. The Long Island Power Authority voted Wednesday to move forward with the state’s first commercial offshore wind development. The project is the second in the US after the 30-megawatt, 5-turbine Block Island Wind Farm – which began operating off the coast of Rhode Island six weeks ago. “New York leads the nation in pioneering clean energy innovation, and this bold action marks the next step in our unprecedented commitment to offshore wind, as well as our ambitious long-term energy goal of supplying half of all electricity from renewable sources by 2030,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement . “This project will not only provide a new, reliable source of clean energy, but will also create high-paying jobs, continue our efforts to combat climate change and help preserve our environment for current and future generations of New Yorkers.” Related: America’s first offshore wind farm is now powering 17,000 homes In his State of the State address in Albany earlier this month, the governor pledged to build 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030 – enough to power 1.25 million homes. The $740 million project on the eastern end of Long Island is the first step in developing the 256-square-mile area that could potentially contain as many as 200 wind turbines generating up to 1,000 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is working on an Offshore Wind Master Plan to be released this year that will identify additional New York coastal areas where offshore wind can be developed. “Offshore wind needs to be a significant part of the energy mix. It is key to putting the Empire State on a path toward an economy powered entirely by renewable energy,” Heather Leibowitz, director of Environment New York, said in a statement. “The 90-megawatts of energy produced off east Montauk will get us one step closer to this goal.” + South Fork Wind Farm Via Environment New York Images via UK Department of Energy and Climate Change , Vattenfall

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Hamptons home built with salvaged materials marries luxury and sustainability

August 9, 2016 by  
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The 3,800-square-foot residence sits on a 160-acre reserve located in between Gardiner’s Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Part of one of the seaside communities of the Hamptons, the house draws from the region’s rural architecture, but accommodates all the needs of the 21st century homeowner. Related: Resolution 4’s gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to the Hamptons It features foot vaulted ceilings incorporating wooden beams made from salvaged pine, and large glass doors opening towards a swimming pool with a pool house and 2,500 square feet of decking. The folding doors connect the swimming pool with the kitchen and dining area nestled under a vaulted ceiling . The rest of the ground floor accommodates the living room and a pair of bedrooms, while the master and two other bedrooms occupy the first floor. One of the most noticeable features of the house is the luxury finishing-white oak flooring and grey marble in the bathrooms and kitchen countertops. + Studio Zung

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The country’s largest wind farm is coming to New York

July 15, 2016 by  
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The largest offshore wind farm in the US could be coming soon to New York , if the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) approves the project as expected next week. The project will be set 30 miles east of Montauk, and it will have 15 turbines and a capacity of 90 megawatts. That’s three times larger than the only other offshore wind project currently under construction in the US ( off the coast of Rhode Island ). Both wind farms are backed by Deepwater Wind , which plans to eventually build a string of turbines stretching between along the East Coast generating 1,000 megawatts of power. The Long Island project alone will generate enough power for 50,000 homes on Long Island, and it’s one of the key components of Governor Cuomo’s plan to make 50% of New York City’s energy renewable in the next 15 years. Deepwater Wind will own the turbines , and plans to sell the power to LIPA at a rate that has yet to determined. It’s expected that the utility will reach an agreement with the company early next year. The site for the project has been in the hands of the developers since 2013, and all the initial marine surveys needed for construction have already been completed. That means that construction can begin right away, with power reaching customers as early as 2022 . Related: America’s first offshore wind farm to be completed by the end of this year While this may be a huge accomplishment in terms of renewable energy for the US, the project pales in comparison to some of the wind farms in Europe . There are many operations already generating hundreds of megawatts of power, and a massive wind farm currently in development will generate 700 megawatts and power a million homes in the Netherlands. + Deepwater Wind Via Environment New York Images via NHD-INFO and Kim Hansen

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This Hamptons beach house is as beautiful as it is weather-proof

February 1, 2016 by  
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Massive 95 year old, 23 pound rescued lobster gets to live out his days in an aquarium

August 4, 2015 by  
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Recently, a Long Island restaurant worker discovered a lobster the size of a small child in a shipping crate. The crustacean weighs in at 23 pounds and, judging by its size, could be as old as 95 years. Luckily for him, he will be sent off to live out the remainder of his golden years in an aquarium, instead of succumbing to the taste buds of all the hungry press and customers who have swarmed to catch a glimpse. Read the rest of Massive 95 year old, 23 pound rescued lobster gets to live out his days in an aquarium

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100% effective Ebola vaccine could end the deadly epidemic

August 4, 2015 by  
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The west African Ebola epidemic may soon be fizzling out, thanks to the speedy development of a vaccine that has shown  100% effectiveness  against the virus in clinical trials. Normal vaccine trials can take decades to produce results, but thanks to 4,000 people in Guinea who volunteered for the trials, along with a combined effort by multiple countries and organizations, the life-saving vaccine will be saving lives right away.   Read the rest of 100% effective Ebola vaccine could end the deadly epidemic

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Have You Seen the New $125 Million Plan to Protect Long Island from the Next Superstorm?

June 5, 2014 by  
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There’s been a great deal of talk about how we can fortify areas affected by Hurricane Sandy and make them more resilient, but now some of those ideas are a step closer to reality . For Long Island, which was hit hard by the 2012 superstorm, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Presidential Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force have alloted $125 million to enact Interboro Partners’ “Living with the Bay” resiliency plan . The project, which calls for the construction of dikes and other flood defenses and the restoration of the area’s sediment system, was recently selected as one of the winners of the HUD’s “Rebuild by Design” competition. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , flooding , Interboro , Interboro partners , long island , Nassau County , Rebuild by Design , resilient architecture , resilient design , sea level rise , South Shore , storm surge

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“Harry” the Shark Spotted Swimming Near Long Island

August 7, 2013 by  
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This shark must have heard that it was Shark Week, because he’s been making appearances along the Long Island shore. According to The Long Island Herald, the fishy fellow (or female) has been spotted swimming in the waters around Atlantic Beach and East Rockaway. Not much is known about the shark except that his name is Harry . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alantic Beach , Animals , basking shark , East Rockaway , great white shark , Harry the Shark , Kirby Kurkomelis , long island , Nassau County , PSA , shark week , sharks , South Shore        

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NREL Study Finds 32 Acres of Solar Can Power 1,000 Homes

August 7, 2013 by  
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When comparing the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources, how much real estate each requires to generate electricity is a key factor. While power plants that use coal or natural gas need acres of land to extract natural resources as well as the facility itself, solar can function with surprisingly little. A new report by Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has established that only 32 acres is required to power 1,000 homes. Read the rest of NREL Study Finds 32 Acres of Solar Can Power 1,000 Homes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: data , Electricity , energy department , fossil fuels , Homes , National Renewable Energy Laboratory , NREL , Policy , power plant , pv , renewable energy , report , residential solar energy , solar panel , study , utilities        

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Times Square’s Heart-Shaped Valentines Day Boardwalk Will Be Made from Hurricane Sandy Debris

January 13, 2013 by  
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This Valentines Day, a new heart-shaped boardwalk made from Hurricane Sandy debris will be installed in Times Square. The “Heartwalk” is being designed by Brooklyn-based  Situ Studio , which beat out eight other firms in the design competition. The installation will pay homage to the “love that binds people together during trying times” by reusing boardwalk boards salvaged from Long Beach, Sea Girt, and Atlantic City after  Hurricane Sandy . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: heartwalk , Hurricane Sandy , Hurricane Sandy Debris , long island , midtown , NYC , public art , Reclaimed Materials , Sea Girt , Situ Studio , Superstorm Sandy , Times Square , valentine’s day

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