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

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.

MORE NEWS

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.

Another Yes for South Fork Wind Farm

By Christopher Walsh   11/24/21  
The South Fork Wind farm took another step toward fruition on Monday when the New York State Public Service Commission approved its developers’ environmental management and construction plan.

Wind Farm Cable Will Run Deeper Under Wainscott Beach, Orsted Says

By Michael Wright   11/17/21  
Representatives of Ørsted and Eversource, the companies that will be constructing the South Fork Wind farm off Montauk, told local residents this week that the final designs for the installation... more

Making Sense of Airport Dollars

By Cristopher Walsh  Photo: Durell Godfrey   11/11/21  
Current operations at East Hampton Airport and spending by passengers to and from it generate between $19 million and $25 million in economic output and account for 170 to 260 full-time equivalent jobs for the…

Heavy rains help to expand ‘dead zones’ in Long Island Sound, scientists say

By Joan Gralla   10/08/21  
Too much rain and still way too much nitrogen were the twin causes of this summer’s overly abundant algae blooms and critically low-oxygen dead zones in Long Island’s fresh and saltwater bodies, an annual report…

Residents push plan to ‘go green’

By Katherine Al Rashdan   09/09/21  
At a recent village meeting, residents voiced concerns about noise and environmental pollution; a few months prior, they presented a petition asking the board to take a deeper look. They’re hoping to make Bellport the…
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Kiewit Will Build the First Offshore Wind Substation in the US

By Johanna Knapschaefer and Debra K. Rubin   08/28/21  
A Kiewit Corp. unit will design and build the first U.S.-made offshore wind substation—a 1,500-ton, 60-ft-tall structure to be deployed for the 132-MW, 12-turbine South Fork wind farm that is set for construction off New…

BOEM Completes Environmental Review of South Fork Wind Project

By OE Staff   08/17/21  
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed its environmental review of the proposed South Fork Wind project offshore New York and Rhode Island. South Fork Wind - proposed by Orsted and Evercore…

Feds Declare Peconic Bay Scallops A Disaster

By Michael Wright   07/21/21  
The U.S. Department of Commerce has declared the Peconic Bay scallop a fishery disaster, making baymen who rely on the harvest of the scallops for income and the efforts to

New Yorkers fled to the Hamptons in 2020 – and sparked a major sewage crisis

By Alexandra Talty  Photo: Desiree Rios/The Guardian   06/25/21  
A water quality crisis has been hiding in the ritzy Hamptons, but the pandemic pushed it over the edge. Will clean-up efforts be too little too late?

After Decades, Shoreline Restoration From Fire Island To Montauk Inches Forward

By J.D. Allen  Photo: Kathy Kmonicek   06/22/21  
The town of Brookhaven has agreed to join a $1.5 billion federal project to protect Long Island against erosion and floods. It would include raising homes on the South Shore, from Fire Island to Montauk…

Dumping Money

By Staff Writer   06/22/21  
It is a controversial strategy that deserves vigorous debate, beach nourishment, but the East Hampton Town Board deserves credit for opting to dump 4,000 tons of sand at Ditch Plains this week, hoping to make…

Kelp Could Be Environmental Elixir, And Economic Opportunity

By Michael Wright   06/02/21  
Scientists from Stony Brook University say that a species of seaweed native to the East End coastline may prove to be an important weapon in the fight to overcome pollution problems from decades of overdevelopment…

New Harmful Algae Blooms Found in Wainscott Pond, Lake Agawam

By Cristopher Walsh  Photo: Doug Kuntz   05/28/21  
Blooms of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, have been detected in Wainscott Pond and in Lake Agawam in Southampton, according to analysis by Stony Brook University.