EAST HAMPTON

EAST HAMPTON

In 2013 East Hampton, a municipality of approximately 22,000 residents, committed to becoming “a leader in sustainable energy policies and practices by substantially reducing energy consumption through conservation and energy efficiency while significantly increasing the use of renewable energy technologies.” By 2015, they added an Energy Sustainability Committee with the task of advising the Town on reaching the renewable energy goals spelled out in a newly created Climate Action Plan.

By 2021, under the leadership of Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, a number of the extraordinary actions have moved forward, often recommended by the committee, and passed by the town with much important support coming from the Town’s Natural Resource Department:

  • The Accabonac Solar Farm, the first megawatt solar farm on the South Fork, was completed.
  • A collaboration with the New York Power Authority resulted in the installation of solar energy systems at municipal buildings.
  • A utility battery storage facility was completed in Montauk – the second such facility on Long Island.
  • Legislation was authorized for Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) allowing the Town to explore the potential for procuring renewable power from an alternative supplier. FYI: LIPA is currently holding this up.
  • Gas and diesel powered leaf blowers have been banned –from May 20 to September 20.
  • Solar powered, off-grid lighting has been installed in the Amagansett Village parking lot.
  • Fleet Efficiency Policy was established to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles for the municipal fleet.
  • Electric charging stations have been installed, from 12 fast chargers in Montauk (at no cost to the Town) to Level-2 stations at Town Hall and the Amagansett Village parking lot.
  • Climate Emergency Declaration was unanimously adopted in 2021 with the goal of viewing all Town decisions through the lens of climate change.
  • Also in 2021, an easement agreement with the South Fork Wind Farm was signed and a resolution to approve the Host Community Agreement between the Town and the South Fork Wind Farm was passed, which, when the final approvals come through from the NYSPSC and BOEM, will yield $29 million in payments over 25 years to the Town and the Trustees.

BOEM's review of the South Fork Wind Farm, a 15-turbine, 132 MW project, with a cable landing in Wainscott, a hamlet within the Town of East Hampton, was complete and approved in January, 2022 and construction began immediately.  Orsid operations are scheduled to begin at the end of 2023 powering 70,000 New York homes.

Francesca Rheannon, Host of Sustainable East End, opens this video on coastal erosion interviewing Kevin McAllister. It continues as Alec Baldwin and Cate Rogers join Kevin in the discussion. For more information, visit DefendH20.org

CURRENT NEWS

PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Town of East Hampton Climate Action Plan

10/01/15
Accelerating climate change continues to escalate the need for communities and municipalities to develop strategies combating current challenges to local infrastructure and the projected intensity of impacts on community assets, natural resources and public health. The…

East Hampton Comprehensive Energy Vision

10/01/13
Accelerating climate change continues to escalate the need for communities and municipalities to develop strategies combating current challenges to local infrastructure and the projected intensity of impacts on community assets, natural resources and public health. The…

KEY RESOURCES

Draft Coastal Assessment Resiliency Plan Report

05/09/22
HomeGovernmentTown ProjectsCoastal Assessment Resiliency Plan

What Can and Can’t Be Recycled?

04/21/22
A simple guide to what can and can't be recycled

Promoting toxic-free lawns and landscapes for the health of people, their pets, and the planet

05/17/21
Isaac Mizrahi Goes Organic: Kicks the Lawn Chemical Habit

South Fork

02/15/21
BOEM has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the South Fork Wind Farm and South Fork Export Cable Project. The following documents are available for your viewing.

South Fork Wind

02/03/21
South Fork Wind brings unparalleled experience to Long Island. This offshore wind farm will be the first to connect in New York State and help the Town of East Hampton meet its 100% renewable energy…

Drawdown East End

02/03/21
Drawdown East End is a grass roots, non-partisan organization that inspires and supports our communities to actively engage in solutions to reach drawdown.*  Our vision is to achieve drawdown and reverse global warming by 2050…

Win With WIND

11/10/20
We are private citizens of the South Fork of Long Island who believe that becoming the first communities in New York State to be powered by offshore wind is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity that should…

Renewable Energy Long Island

10/02/19
Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI), established in 2003, is a membership-based, 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization promoting clean, sustainable energy use and generation on Long Island. reLI is committed to transitioning Long Island to a 100% renewable…

Accabonac Solar Farm

10/02/19
The Accabonac Solar Farm (ASF) in Springs is the first megawatt scale solar farm on Long Island’s South Fork.

Clean Energy Communities

10/02/19
Town of East Hampton is named a New York State Clean Energy Community for completing 4 high impact action items, becoming eligible for a $100,000 grant.

Energy Sustainability Committee

10/02/19
The Energy Sustainability Committee (ESC) was appointed in 2013 by the East Hampton Town Board to assist the Town in its participation in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Climate Smart Communities Program.

Energize East Hampton

07/10/19
The Town of East Hampton’s 100% renewable energy goals require a diversified portfolio of energy technologies and approaches.

What Happens To Our Recycling, Part Three: The Way Forward

12/06/18
The men and women who work in the recycling industry describe it these days in bleak terms. From a business standpoint, recent market changes have made it much harder for recycling vendors or any entity…

What Happens To Our Recycling, Part Two: The Work Of Recycling

12/04/18
It was the early 2000s, and single-stream recycling was the newest, hottest trend in the recycling market. Waste Management, the garbage disposal and recycling behemoth, was pushing the trend, touting the convenience of allowing a…

What Happens To Our Recycling, Part One: The Recycling Myth

11/27/18
A steady parade of plastic water bottles, tin cans, empty yogurt containers and countless other “recyclable” items, either fully or partially obscured by the thick stew of garbage—and perhaps even still imprisoned inside unopened garbage…

MORE NEWS

Wind Farm Developers Ink Plan For Protecting Endangered Whales During Construction Of South Fork Wind

By Michael Wright   06/28/22  
The developers of South Fork Wind announced on Monday that they have signed a new agreement with three national environmental protection groups to bolster protections for endangered North Atlantic right... more

Guestwords: At War With Ourselves

By Biddle Duke   06/09/22  
I often imagine what I’ll say to my grandchildren 20 years from now, when we can no longer eat shellfish from our harbors because of lawn and garden chemical runoff and septic contamination (some shellfish…

If Town Can’t Change Airport, It May Close It

By Christopher Walsh  Photo: Durell Godfrey   06/08/22  
What was once unthinkable now looks increasingly possible, as the airport that many residents say has vastly exceeded its historical function and is destroying their quality of life may finally be grounded, perhaps permanently.

Devon Yacht Club Charts Course for Higher Ground

By Christopher Gangemi  Photo: Durell Godfrey   06/01/22  
Citing the threat of erosion, the Devon Yacht Club, a private club and marina founded in 1908 on a 13-acre parcel of land along Gardiner’s Bay in Amagansett, is seeking to move to higher ground.

East Hampton Airport Holiday Traffic Up Over 2021

By Michael Wright   06/01/22  
East Hampton Town had hoped that Memorial Day weekend 2022 would be the first sliver of a summer season in which it was able to tamp down the din of aircraft traveling to and from…

Three to Six Major Storms Are Predicted in 2022

By Christopher Walsh  Photo: Trong Nguyen   06/01/22  
Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center predict an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, which started yesterday and extends through November.

East Hampton Airport in a Holding Pattern

By Christopher Walsh  Photo: Durell Godfrey   06/01/22  
Air traffic to and from East Hampton Airport was typically brisk over the Memorial Day weekend, the temporary restraining order granted by a New York State Supreme Court Justice having halted the town board’s plan…

Aviators Accuse East Hampton Town Of Contempt As ‘New’ Airport Becomes Reality Despite Court Ruling

By Michael Wright   05/25/22  
East Hampton Airport has continued to operate largely as always this past week — but attorneys for East Hampton Town and the plaintiffs in three lawsuits seeking to block the... more

Using Old Technology, Reel Quiet Mowing Was Ahead Of Its Time

By Brendon J. O' Reilly   05/19/22  
In recent years, one village after another on the South Fork has restricted or seasonally banned the use of gas-powered leaf blowers as residents fed up with the noise, dust and fumes that leaf blowers…

Turmoil on Ground After Judge Blocks Airport Changeover

By Christopher Walsh  Photo: Carissa Katz   05/19/22  
After a months-long effort to craft a plan to address an explosion in quality-of-life complaints regarding air traffic to and from East Hampton Airport, the airport's planned deactivation on Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. did not…

Urge Adoption of Coastal Resiliency Plan

By Christopher Walsh  Photo: Jane Bimson   05/19/22  
An environmental analyst in the East Hampton Town Natural Resources Department and the president of Concerned Citizens of Montauk urged the town on Tuesday to adopt the Coastal Assessment and Resiliency Plan, released in draft…

East Hampton Airport Closure Blocked As TRO Is Issued By Judge

By Michael Wright   05/18/22  
A state judge on Monday afternoon issued a temporary restraining order blocking East Hampton Town’s plans to temporarily close East Hampton Airport at midnight on May 17. State Supreme Court... more

Helicopters vs. Homeowners: A Very Hamptons Fight

By Sarah Maslin Nir  Photo: Karsten Moran   05/13/22  
With the serene beaches of the Hamptons soon 3,500 feet below his box-fresh white sneakers, Rob Wiesenthal, the chief executive of Blade, a by-the-seat helicopter charter company, boasted how the service could slice above the…

An Ominous Outlook for Coastal Areas

By Christopher Walsh  Photo: Jane Bimson   05/05/22  
The currently projected range of sea level rise “will transform East Hampton into a series of islands with permanent submergence of low-lying areas as early as 2070.” That is the ominous conclusion that leads a…

A Hamlet In Crisis

By Staff Writer   05/04/22  
It shows what town researchers who developed CARP have found to be the expected condition of the eastern half of East Hampton Town in 2070, less than 50 years from now, if efforts to combat…

One Man Sees Montauk As A Fortress On A Hill, And Perhaps The Higher Ground That’s Needed

By Michael Wright  Photo: Dana Shaw   05/02/22  
Among the many vexing issues facing town planners and elected officials as they try to gameplan “managed retreat” in Montauk away from the sea is where, exactly, to retreat to. In a hamlet study, consultants…

Express Sessions: Remaking Montauk In The Face Of Rising Seas

By Michael Wright   05/02/22  
The future of Montauk’s downtown and the long shadow of rising sea levels was the focus of a panel discussion with experts in coastal dynamics and community leaders at the... more

Remember, Leaf Blowers Are Regulated

By Christopher Walsh  Photo: Durell Godfrey   04/29/22  
Like helicopters and jets, leaf blowers have long been the bane of many a South Fork resident’s existence, each one a portable spewer of pollutants and source of ear-splitting noise. But in towns and villages…

‘Picture Of Vulnerable’: Montauk At Center Of Climate Change Concerns

By Michele Trauring  Photo: Kyril Bromley   04/28/22  
A century ago, a smattering of about 50 wooden shacks dotted the water’s edge in Montauk. They were home to 300 people, mostly commercial fishermen from Nova Scotia and their families, who transformed the alcove…

Express Sessions: Montauk, On The Front Lines Of Climate Change, Must Begin To Plan Ahead

By Michael Wright  Photo: Micheale Heller   04/20/22  
The Express News Group’s Express Sessions series will return to Montauk on April 28 for a conversation with community leaders, business owners, town officials and environmental experts about how the hamlet should plan to guard…

Wind Farm Asks For New Site To Store Soil, Water Removed From Wainscott Trenching

By Michael Wright   04/20/22  
South Fork Wind has applied to use a vacant industrial property between Three Mile Harbor Road and Springs-Fireplace Road as a temporary storage site for soil and water removed from the ground during the digging…

Destructive Algae Blooms Persist In East Hampton Waters

By Michael Wright   04/13/22  
Stony Brook University researchers who have been monitoring the tidal waters and ponds around East Hampton for a decade said that the summer of 2021 saw some of the highest... more

Sea’s Rising, The Ocean’s Coming In

By Michelle Trauring   04/06/22  
Almost 400 years ago, settlers discovered an idyllic peninsula along the coast of the Eastern Seaboard, its countryside cared for by five Native American tribes. They acquired land, built modest... more

Aviation Industry Warns East Hampton Town Officials: Airport Closure Won’t Work

By Michael Wright   03/23/22  
Aviation industry advocates this week said that they do not believe that East Hampton Town’s proposal to close East Hampton Airport for 33 hours in mid-May and re-open it as a legally “new” airport will…

Wainscott Residents Sue to Stop Wind Cable

By Christopher Walsh  Photo: Durell Godfrey   03/17/22  
As construction of the onshore portion of the South Fork Wind farm proceeds in Wainscott, a lawsuit filed in United States District Court last week seeks to halt that work, claiming its potential to spread…

Comment Deadline on Scope of Airport Assessment Is Friday

By Christopher Walsh  By Durell Godfrey   03/17/22  
Friday at 4 p.m. is the deadline for public comment on the scope of a draft environmental impact statement associated with the May 17 deactivation of East Hampton Airport and the opening, 33 hours later,…

Wind Farm Cable Work Begins In Wainscott

By Michael Wright   03/02/22  
Ørsted contractors last week took the first major work on the installation of the conduit that will eventually conceal the South Fork Wind power cable beneath Wainscott roadways — the same day a judge dismissed…

NY Gov. Hochul Announces Start of Construction of New York’s First Offshore Wind Project

02/16/22  
Building on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) January issuance of the Final Sale Notice for the New York Bight, the recent key offshore wind contract milestone, and the State of the State announcement…

Governor in Town for Wind Farm ‘Groundbreaking’

By Christopher Walsh  Photo: Durell Godfrey   02/12/22  
Gov. Kathy Hochul and federal Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland were among the dignitaries on hand at LTV Studios in Wainscott on Friday for the ceremonial groundbreaking on the South Fork Wind farm, New…

Groundbreaking Held For New York’s First Wind Farm Project

By Carolyn Gusoff   02/11/22  
There was a milestone Friday in New York’s move toward clean energy. A groundbreaking was held in East Hampton for a major offshore wind project. It’ll be only the second in the nation.

East Hampton Town Reviews Priorities in 2022 Capital Plan

By Christopher Walsh  Photo: Christine Sampson   02/10/22  
A new, online portal through which East Hampton Town residents could interface with town staff in departments like planning, code enforcement, animal control, and the town clerk is among the projects in a first draft…

Prep Work for Wind Farm Cable Underway

By Christopher Walsh   02/10/22  
The contractor for the developers of the South Fork Wind farm is continuing to remove some vegetation within the Long Island Rail Road right of way this week, in advance of the onshore construction that…

On the Quality of Our Bays

By Christopher Walsh  Photo: Carrisa Katz   02/10/22  
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced a virtual public information session next Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. about a new water quality study of Long Island Sound embayments.

Town Eyes Renourishment Of Beaches In Bridgehampton And Sagaponack

By Kitty Merrill   02/09/22  
Environmental consultant Aram Terchunian of the firm First Coastal Corporation asked the question during a work session discussion of erosion control districts in Bridgehampton and Sagaponack. Answering his own question, he said the project performed…

Wind Farm Cable Work To Begin In Earnest; Governor Reportedly To Visit For Groundbreaking

By Michael Wright   02/09/22  
The wind farm developer Ørsted plans to break ground this week on the first steps in the trenching that will eventually conceal the power cable from the South Fork Wind, the first offshore wind farm…

F.A.A. Raises Doubts on East Hampton Airport Reopening

By Christopher Walsh  Photo: Durell Godfrey   02/05/22  
The East Hampton Town Board has hit turbulence on its plan to briefly close East Hampton Airport and reopen it four days later as a private-use facility with restrictions on flight activity, after receiving a…

FAA Tells East Hampton ‘Temporary’ Airport Closure Has Issues, But Town Stays Course For Now

By Michael Wright   02/04/22  
A Federal Aviation Administration official last week tried to throw a speed bump in East Hampton Town’s path for re-classifying East Hampton Airport at the end of this month by closing it down for three…

Grant Money for Electric Vehicle Ports

By Christopher Walsh   02/03/22  
East Hampton Town has been awarded a $250,000 grant for the installation of 20 Level-2 electric vehicle charging ports from New York State’s Drive Clean Rebate program.

Inching Toward a Wainscott Revamp

By Christopher Walsh  Photo: Dodson Flinker   02/03/22  
When a group established to work on implementation of the Wainscott hamlet study met for the first time last Thursday, some members expressed disappointment at the pace of progress, with one asking, “Is there a…

Drawdown Bears Down on Climate Crisis With Help From Locals

By Christopher Walsh   01/29/22  
Several South Fork residents were among those presenting during last weekend’s virtual Drawdown Festival, an exploration of ways to solve the climate crisis.

Slipping Away: Homeowners, Officials Buy Time As Escalating Effects Of Climate Change Threaten East End

By Michelle Trauring   01/25/22  
For centuries, the world has known one type of refugee: those who leave their homes behind due to war, violence, conflict or persecution, often risking their lives in the pursuit of safety. In recent years,…

South Fork Wind Receives Final Approval from the U.S. Department of Interior to Start Construction on New York’s First Offshore Wind Farm

01/19/22  
South Fork Wind, New York’s first offshore wind farm, has received approval of the project’s Construction and Operations Plan (COP) from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which is…

East Hampton To Vote On Airport Closure Thursday; 3-Day Hiatus Would Introduce New Rules

By Michael Wright   01/18/22  
The East Hampton Town Board will vote this week on a proposal to officially close East Hampton Airport for three days on February 28 — and then reopen it under

Climate Local Now: A Festival of Solutions

By Mary Morgan and Mark Haubner   01/05/22  
Drawdown Festival – Tools for Regeneration: Forums! Fun! Films! blankets the weekend from January 21-23, 2022 with talks, workshops and films on “actions we can all take to regenerate our earth and reverse climate devastation.”

Wainscott Residents Ask Court To Block January Start Of Wind Farm Construction

By Michael Wright  Photo: Tim Regan   12/22/21  
Attorneys for a group of Wainscott residents who are challenging the state’s approvals of the South Fork Wind power cable landing in the hamlet have asked a judge to block the early phases of the…

Architects Chosen For New East Hampton Senior Center

By Michael Wright   12/15/21  
A committee empaneled by East Hampton Town to help it design a new senior center on land off Abrahams Path recommended that the Town Board hire an architectural team with extensive experience in energy “net…

East Hampton Airport Traffic Soars Again

By Michael Wright   12/15/21  
While East Hampton Town officials and residents have been debating its future, East Hampton Airport largely returned to its traditional buzz in 2021, with air traffic on pace to exceed the pre-pandemic levels from 2019,…

East Hampton Town Formally Bans The Sale Of Balloons

By Mike Wright   12/15/21  
East Hampton Town unanimously adopted legislation on Tuesday that formally bans the sale of helium-filled balloons in the town.

Kelp Farming Gets a Boost in Suffolk

By Christopher Walsh   12/09/21  
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation on Tuesday permitting Suffolk County to lease underwater lands previously ceded to it by New York State for the purpose of kelp and other seaweed cultivation.

South Fork Wind wins federal OK, launching union jobs at ProvPort

By Mary Serreze  Photo: Mary Serreze   11/26/21  
The Ørsted/Eversource project will power New York homes, but the turbine foundations are being fabricated in Rhode Island.