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

Sunrise Wind Farm Open House

By Carissa Katz 05/23/24
With Orsted and Eversource set to begin pre-construction activities in September on the 924-megawatt Sunrise Wind farm, the developers are hosting an open house for mariners and “fisheries stakeholders” in Montauk on Wednesday.
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About That Eroding Bluff

By Christopher Gangemi 05/16/24
An eroding bluff doesn’t respect zoning distinctions. That was the message delivered to the East Hampton Town Board on Tuesday by Alice Cooley, a lawyer representing property owners on Soundview Drive in Montauk. Her clients,…
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Flesh-Eating Bacteria, Toxic Algae, Oxygen-Starved Waters Were Widespread in 2023, Thanks to Nitrogen and Warmer Waters

By Michael Wright 04/17/24
Record-high temperatures globally and in local waters fueled the steadily worsening water quality crisis in Suffolk County’s groundwater, freshwater ponds, and tidal bays and harbors in 2023, Stony Brook University... more
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A View From Above: The Benefits of a Green Roof

By Christine Sampson 04/12/24
The first thing Arthur Beckenstein sees when he steps out of his bedroom every morning is a lush spread of vibrant, earthy color. Maybe it's a textured greenish-brown in the winter, but come spring, summer,…
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Revetment Application Is Making Waves

By Christopher Gangemi 04/11/24
A rocky revetment, rocky relationships, and even conspiracy theories were on display at the East Hampton Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on April 2, during a public hearing involving a proposed 108-foot-long, 10-foot-high revetment at…
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Docs Celebrate Soil, Farms, Food

By Mark Segal 04/10/24
As Earth Day approaches its 54th anniversary, Hamptons Doc Fest, in partnership with the Southampton Arts Center, has chosen as the theme of this year’s Docs Equinox “Cultivating Connections: Soils, Farms, Food.”
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The Future Is Wet

04/09/24
Montauk was closest to mind at last week’s Express Sessions event focusing on beach nourishment: The results of a recent federal effort to bolster the sandy beaches and protect the... more
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Beach Nourishment and Climate Change Meet at Express Sessions Event in Montauk

By Michael Wright 04/09/24
The recent rebuilding of Montauk’s beaches, and how the approach to restoring eroded beaches will play a critical role on the South Fork in the coming decades as sea levels
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PSEG Hangs On

By Karl Grossman 04/08/24
“It’s an uphill fight,” said State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. last week about the effort to make the Long Island Power Authority a fully public utility. This, despite the
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Mixed News for Town in Latest Airport Ruling

By Christopher Walsh 03/28/24
A ruling by a four-judge panel of the New York State Supreme Court's Appellate Division affirmed on Wednesday that the court had properly determined that East Hampton Town failed to comply with procedural requirements of…
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Water Report a Mixed Bag

By Christopher Walsh 03/28/24
While most waters in East Hampton Town were often of a high quality in 2023, what happens on the land affects what happens to surface waters, and more people and more land use mean more…
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Support and Questions for All-Electric Building Act

By Christopher Walsh 03/28/24
The East Hampton Town Board will hold a public hearing on draft legislation regarding the All-Electric Building Act that was recommended by the town’s energy and sustainability advisory committee last year, but it indicated that…
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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

National Risk Index Data Lookup

09/25/23
Use the form below to look up the risk details for a specific county or Census tract. As you enter information into the form, the form will update and present you with additional input fields.…

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…

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…

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.

MORE NEWS

Devon Yacht Club Wants to Demolish and Draw Back

By Christopher Gangemi   03/25/24  
The Devon Yacht Club, which hopes to proceed with a large-scale redevelopment of its 120-year-old facility, came before the East Hampton Town Planning Board last week.
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Debating the Impacts of Airport Restrictions

By Christopher Walsh   03/21/24  
Some residents of Montauk fear their hamlet will see an explosion in air traffic if aircraft operations are restricted at East Hampton Town Airport in Wainscott, while some residents of Wainscott say the town should…
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Governor Hochul and Other Officials Gather at Stony Brook Southampton Campus To ‘Flip the Switch’ on $2 Billion South Fork Wind Project.

By Tom Gogola   03/15/24  
It was a literal, if symbolic, flip of the switch — a big switch — at the Stony Brook Southampton campus on Thursday as assorted luminaries from local, state and
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Governor Hochul Announces Completion of South Fork Wind, First Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm in the United States

03/14/24  
Governor Kathy Hochul today, alongside the United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and other elected officials, announced the completion of the landmark South Fork Wind project, with all 12 offshore wind turbines constructed…
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Governor Celebrates Completion of South Fork Wind Farm

By Christopher Walsh   03/14/24  
“Today, at long last, we flip the switch and turn on the future,” New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul announced at Stony Brook Southampton College on Thursday morning, as officials including Secretary of the Interior…
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Ocean’s Warning

03/14/24  
A Risso’s dolphin died on the ocean beach at Georgica early Sunday. Though a professional necropsy determined its cause of death as a parasite, there will be some who say that offshore wind-power installation is…
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Montauk Beach Work Draws Down

By Christopher Walsh   03/07/24  
The beach infill component of downtown Montauk’s portion of the Fire Island to Montauk Point beach nourishment project was completed in 20 days, or right on schedule, East Hampton Town Councilman David Lys said on…
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Stop the Sea? Never

03/07/24  
So the town wants to put sand onto the depleted Ditch Plain Beach. The question has to be: Then what? Ditch and most of the town oceanfront is receding. In these conditions, sand, almost by…
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A Plan to Rebuild Ditch Plain Dune in Montauk

By Christopher Walsh   03/07/24  
“We are developing a plan” to rebuild the dune and renourish the beach at Ditch Plain in Montauk with an estimated 50,000 cubic yards of sand, East Hampton Town Councilwoman Cate Rogers said at the…
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It’s Full Speed Ahead for Offshore Wind in New York

By Devin Callahan   03/04/24  
Governor Kathy Hochul’s recent announcement awarding two offshore wind projects, Empire Wind I and Sunrise Wind, marks a groundbreaking moment for New York’s commitment to renewable energy and fighting climate change.
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Presto! Montauk Has a Downtown Beach Again

By Christopher Walsh and Christopher Gangemi   02/29/24  
More than 60 years in the making, the Fire Island to Montauk Point beach reformulation project will have arrived and departed from Montauk’s downtown in barely the blink of an eye. The beach-infill component of…
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Presto! Montauk Has a Downtown Beach Again

By Christopher Walsh Christopher Gangemi   02/29/24  
More than 60 years in the making, the Fire Island to Montauk Point beach reformulation project will have arrived and departed from Montauk’s downtown in barely the blink of an eye. The beach-infill component of…
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Weighing Airport Restrictions’ Impact on Montauk

By Christopher Walsh   02/22/24  
The privately owned Montauk Airport could see a nearly 100-percent increase in summertime flight operations if air traffic were restricted at East Hampton Town Airport, the town board was told last Thursday during a presentation…
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Big Sand Dump Nears Its End

By Christopher Walsh   02/22/24  
East Hampton Town’s portion of the federal Army Corps of Engineers’ Fire Island to Montauk Point beach nourishment project, which calls for the placement of 450,000 cubic yards of sand on downtown Montauk’s ocean beach,…
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Long Island Is Sinking

02/15/24  
The bad news about climate comes so frequently these days that it is difficult to remain focused on the existential challenges facing the East Coast. Now there is a new problem to think about: Throughout…
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Getting High on the Waterfront

02/15/24  
Last week, The Star reported on discussions among East Hampton Town Board members about possibly amending the zoning code to allow existing residences in flood zones, as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to…
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Earth Day: 5 Steps to a Greener Lifestyle

02/09/24  
Earth Day is held every year on April 22nd to highlight the importance of protecting our environment. You can celebrate by making an effort to live more sustainably. Here are five steps you can take…
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Town Ponders Flood-Zone Exemptions From Pyramid Law

By Christopher Walsh   02/08/24  
The East Hampton Town Board has held an initial discussion about potentially amending the town zoning code to allow existing residences in flood zones, as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to be raised…
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Thiele and Palumbo Seek Money for Storm Damage

By Christopher Walsh   02/08/24  
Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and State Senator Anthony Palumbo have issued a formal request to Gov. Kathy Hochul on behalf of East Hampton Town, following Supervisor Kathee Burke-Gonzalez’s appeal to the state representatives for…
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Dredge Is on the Job In Montauk

By Christopher Walsh   02/08/24  
The downtown Montauk ocean beach is rapidly changing this week, this time not due to the coastal storms that have ravaged the shoreline this winter but to implementation of the federal Army Corps of Engineers’…
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Revisiting the Zoning Code

02/08/24  
The East Hampton Town Board took an important step last week when it approved a radically new framing of local land-use laws. The changes will not have any immediate effects and are largely symbolic, but…
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Thiele and Palumbo Seek Money for Storm Damage

By Christopher Walsh   02/08/24  
Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and State Senator Anthony Palumbo have issued a formal request to Gov. Kathy Hochul on behalf of East Hampton Town, following Supervisor Kathee Burke-Gonzalez’s appeal to the state representatives for…
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Dredge Is on the Job In Montauk

By Christopher Walsh   02/08/24  
The downtown Montauk ocean beach is rapidly changing this week, this time not due to the coastal storms that have ravaged the shoreline this winter but to implementation of the federal Army Corps of Engineers’…
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Town Board Revises Zoning ‘Purposes’

By Christopher Walsh   02/08/24  
In a first step toward a major overhaul of its zoning code, the East Hampton Town Board voted to revise the “purposes” section of the town code pertaining to zoning at its meeting last Thursday.…
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East Hampton deputy supervisor argues for Climate Superfund Act

By Susan Arbetter   02/07/24  
Last July, storms dropped more than a month’s worth of rain in the Hudson Valley, washing away the road to West Point, and causing deadly flooding across the Northeast. Just last month, coastal storms off…
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Seeking Storm Surge Solutions for Montauk

By Christopher Walsh   02/01/24  
East Hampton Town is seeking a coastal morphologist to consult with the town to provide “the most effective short and long-term solutions” to help residents of Ditch Plain in Montauk mitigate storm surge inundation, Supervisor…
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A Request to Add Storm Repair to Downtown Montauk Work

By Christopher Walsh   02/01/24  
East Hampton Town Supervisor Kathee Burke-Gonzalez has written to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to request an amendment to the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet, Downtown Montauk project to incorporate damages…
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Seeking Solutions at Ditch Plain

By Christopher Walsh   01/25/24  
With a sense of urgency, the East Hampton Town Board discussed the hiring of a surveyor to assess current beach profile conditions at Ditch Plain in Montauk and to determine the necessary volume and source…
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Opinion: Major oil, gas and coal companies must pay the staggering costs of the climate crisis

By Cate Rogers   01/25/24  
January has been a brutal month for Long Island. Torrential rains, strong winds, and high tides have pounded the island on multiple days in what some officials described as the worst storm since Superstorm Sandy.…
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More of the Same on Sea Level Rise

01/25/24  
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s stop on Long Island following three intense winter storms to talk about erosion and sea level rise was welcome but in the end just more of the same thing we…
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In a historic first, a US offshore wind farm delivers power to the grid

By Michelle Lewis   01/19/24  
New York’s South Fork Wind has become the first utility-scale offshore wind farm to generate power in the US.
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Buying Time by the Millions

01/18/24  
In a matter of weeks, the downtown Montauk oceanfront will be saved from falling into the Atlantic. This should not be a cause for celebration. All the work and expense that the United States Army…
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A Petition for Storm Relief at Ditch Plain

By Christopher Walsh   01/18/24  
The Ditch Plains Association started a petition at change.org on Monday. Concerned residents of the neighborhood and recreational users “urgently appeal to the East Hampton Town Board to take immediate and decisive action to address…
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Storms Bring New Urgency to Montauk Beach Project

By Christopher Walsh   01/18/24  
“Now is the hard moment,” East Hampton Town’s planning director told the town board on Tuesday during an assessment of a ravaged coastline after three storms in the past month.
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Buying Time by the Millions

01/18/24  
In a matter of weeks, the downtown Montauk oceanfront will be saved from falling into the Atlantic. This should not be a cause for celebration. All the work and expense that the United States Army…
Read more

A Petition for Storm Relief at Ditch Plain

By Christopher Walsh   01/18/24  
The Ditch Plains Association started a petition at change.org on Monday. Concerned residents of the neighborhood and recreational users “urgently appeal to the East Hampton Town Board to take immediate and decisive action to address…
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Storms Bring New Urgency to Montauk Beach Project

By Christopher Walsh   01/18/24  
“Now is the hard moment,” East Hampton Town’s planning director told the town board on Tuesday during an assessment of a ravaged coastline after three storms in the past month.
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Flooding Prompts New Urgency For East Hampton’s Coastal Resilience

By Beth Young   01/17/24  
The Town of East Hampton has been planning for more than a decade for how to weather the impact of sea level rise along its coastline, but this winter’s flooding has the town realizing that…
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East Hampton Pleads for Help Bolstering Montauk’s Coastal Protections

By Michael Wright   01/17/24  
A triple-whammy of strong nor’easters in the last month, following a stormy autumn, has left portions of the Ditch Plains neighborhood vulnerable to flooding and extensive property damage if something... more
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Heat Pump Water Heaters are Efficient and Sustainable

01/16/24  
Water heating can be a real drain on your energy budget. In fact, it's the second-largest energy user for the typical household. Electric heat pump water heaters are your energy-efficient alternative to conventional units. They…
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Major Montauk Beach Renourishment Project to Begin Soon

By Christopher Walsh   01/11/24  
Mobilization for the Montauk portion of the 83-mile-long Fire Island to Montauk Point beach renourishment project is to begin Thursday, 63 and a half years after it was first authorized by the federal Rivers and…
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Montauk Sandbags Battered by Storm

By Michael Wright   12/20/23  
The towering waves of Monday’s storm rode the nearly high tide right up to and over the 3,000-foot-long sandbag revetment that fronts Montauk’s downtown — constructed by the U.S. Army... more
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Wind Farm Power Starts Flowing

By Christopher Walsh   12/14/23  
East Hampton Town officials, along with their counterparts from Suffolk County and New York State, were in a celebratory mood on Dec. 6 at Town Hall, where they toasted the clean, renewable electricity that last…
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With New Grant Funding, East Hampton To Kick Off Planning For A Resilient Montauk

By Beth Young   12/13/23  
East Hampton Town is expected next spring to kick off a project to begin the difficult work of building community consensus in Montauk around the best way to protect the hamlet from coastal vulnerability and…
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New York Turns On Its First Offshore Wind Farm

By Patrick McGeehan   12/06/23  
New York State has leaped into the era of offshore wind power, with electricity generated over the Atlantic Ocean now flowing to homes on Long Island.
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National Climate Assessment: Reality Is Not Pretty

By Christopher Walsh   11/22/23  
Change is hard but essential if East Hampton Town and the wider world are going to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, officials of the Nature Conservancy said this week in the…
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1st Offshore Wind Turbine Installed Off Coast Of Montauk

By Lisa Finn   11/21/23  
A new day dawned this week, representing a milestone in the quest for renewable energy, as the first offshore wind turbine for South Fork Wind was installed off the coast of Montauk.
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Ørsted, Eversource install New York’s first offshore wind turbine

By Diana Digangi   11/21/23  
The 130-MW South Fork Wind wind farm offshore New York has installed its first turbine, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office announced Monday.
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First South Fork Wind Turbine to Be Installed Soon

By Christopher Walsh   11/09/23  
Orsted, the Danish energy company that with Eversource Energy is developing the South Fork Wind farm, will write off as much as $5.6 billion, it was reported last week, and has canceled two offshore wind…
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Eyeing 2024 for Return of Battery Facility

By Christopher Walsh   11/09/23  
The 5-megawatt lithium-ion battery energy storage system, or BESS, that caught fire at a Cove Hollow Road, East Hampton, substation on May 31 is expected to be out of commission until the middle of 2024,…
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