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


Surfrider Seeks New Members

By Beth Young 01/31/23
The Eastern Long Island Chapter of the international Surfrider Foundation has long been a hotbed of ocean-friendly policy coming out of the far eastern reaches of the South Fork, but the chapter, which covers the…
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Town v. Village Firefighting Foam Suit Is at Standstill

By Tom Gogola 01/26/23
Ongoing litigation in federal court between East Hampton Town and East Hampton Village over the use and storage of controversial firefighting foam at the town airport by the village’s Fire Department remains in limbo even…
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A Decision on the Senior Center

By Tom Gogola 01/19/23
The East Hampton Town Board has selected a design for a new $25 million-plus senior citizens center in Amagansett. After debating the merits of two design concepts by R2 Architecture over the course of several…
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New York State of Wind: Future Looks Breezy for Offshore Empire

By Samantha Maldonado 01/13/23
While approaching Wainscott Beach on Long Island’s South Fork in early December, one could see the most tangible aspect of offshore wind’s New York progress even before hearing the crash of waves: three pillars, each…
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Counting on an Electric Future

By Beth Young 01/12/23
As we embark down the path of a new year, the prospects are looking bright for people looking to upgrade to more energy-efficient homes.
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The Rising Tide: Exploring the Effects of Climate Change and How To Mitigate Them

Throughout 2022, The Express News Group has presented a monthly series on climate change, The Rising Tide, which concludes this week with a look back on the threats that have been identified and the mitigation…
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Scoping Out the Study Ahead at East Hampton Airport

By Tom Gogola 12/15/22
Environmental consultants from the firm AKRF gave a detailed accounting of the environmental review process now taking off at East Hampton Airport at the town board’s work session on Tuesday.
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Wind Farm Update From Orsted on a Blustery Beach

By Tom Gogola 12/07/22
Is that Poseidon’s triton reaching from the littoral shallows, or are you just trying to build a 132-megawatt wind farm? The South Fork Wind project site at the end of Beach Lane in Wainscott certainly…
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East Hampton Awarded $350K For Montauk Coastal Resiliency Plan

By Lisa Finn 12/06/22
East Hampton Town has been awarded a $350,000 federal grant to facilitate the exploration of a living shoreline project in Montauk.
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Massive Vessels Signal Next Stage for Wind Farm

By Christopher Walsh 11/17/22
The Jill, a 183-foot-long lift boat with jack-up legs of more than 300 feet, arrived at its position off the beach in Wainscott on Tuesday, where it is to remain for approximately three months and…
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Oceanfront Drilling Begins for Wind Farm Cable in Wainscott

By Michael Wright 11/16/22
Engineering crews on Beach Lane in Amagansett have begun the process of drilling a 2,500-foot tunnel beneath Beach Lane, the ocean beach and the seafloor to make way for the... more
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Plugging Into Electric Vehicles: Greener Technology Could Pave Way to Less Carbon Emissions

By Michelle Trauring 10/26/22
From the outside, the newest Ford F-150 Lighting looks like a standard pickup truck — with a spacious cargo bed, seating for up to five passengers and every luxury finish... more
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Town of East Hampton Climate Action Plan

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

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…


Draft Coastal Assessment Resiliency Plan Report

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What Can and Can’t Be Recycled?

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

Isaac Mizrahi Goes Organic: Kicks the Lawn Chemical Habit

South Fork

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clean Energy Communities

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

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.


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

By Cailin Riley   12/04/18  
Mike Vitale saw the writing on the wall, even when no one else did. It was the early 2000s, and single-stream recycling was the newest, hottest trend in the recycling market. Waste Management, the garbage…
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What Happens To Our Recycling, Part One: The Recycling Myth

By Cailin Riley   11/27/18  
For most of the 80,000 people who live in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton, the region’s recycling effort comes down to this: Four men, wearing dust masks and
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Solar Panels Will Shine In Springs, Northwest

By Michael Wright   06/02/15  
Solar energy panels will be constructed later this year on two East Hampton Town-owned properties, with more planned for the south-facing slopes of the town recycling center on Springs-Fireplace Road.... more
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Concerns About Lake Montauk Swirl As Study Continues

Richard Kahn remembers when his concrete seawall along Lake Montauk would be piled high with broken shellfish remains by mid-summer. When he first bought his home, seagulls would drop scores of clams, oysters and scallops…
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Wind Farm Stakeholders Can Have Say in Southampton

By Christopher Walsh   10/04/19  
Those wishing to participate in Tuesday's settlement negotiations between the developers of the proposed South Fork Wind Farm and the New York State Public Service Commission will be able to do so without traveling to…
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Clean Energy Economy Grows

By Christopher Walsh   10/03/19  
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced that New York’s growing clean energy economy employed nearly 159,000 workers in 2018, according to the state’s 2019 Clean Energy Industry Report.
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Orsted Wind Plans Montauk Operations Site

By Christopher Walsh   10/03/19  
An operations and maintenance facility for the proposed South Fork Wind Farm will be sited adjacent to Inlet Seafood, just inside Montauk Harbor, the wind farm’s developers announced last week. But whether the facility represents…
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South Forkers Join Youth Climate Strike

By Christopher Walsh   09/23/19  
Some 30 students walked out of East Hampton High School on Friday to observe the strike. Others from the South Fork traveled to New York by bus to attend the gathering that Mayor Bill de…
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Rallying for Clean Energy

New York City leaders are taking climate change seriously, to the point that they are allowing the 1.1-million public school students to leave classrooms and take part in the protests without penalty. Closer to home,…
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Crying in the Wind

By Christopher Walsh   07/25/19  
What is it, really, about wind that pushes otherwise reasonable people over the edge?
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State Awards Contracts for Two More Offshore Wind Farms

By Christopher Walsh   07/18/19  
Governor Cuomo said that New York State will lead the way in development of offshore wind. The two wind farms will jointly generate 1,700 megawatts of electricity.
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Southampton Makes Big Strides on Sustainability

By Christopher Walsh   07/18/19  
The Town of Southampton is making significant progress on a range of sustainability initiatives to protect the environment, members of the town’s sustainability advisory committee told the town board last Thursday, and in its annual…
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Divided on Wind Cable

By Christopher Walsh   06/13/19  
A divide among neighbors and generations was apparent on Tuesday as the New York State Public Service Commission hosted its first information sessions and public hearings on the proposed South Fork Wind Farm, a 15-turbine…
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Former Supervisor Explains Origin of Wind Farm Support

By Christopher Walsh   06/06/19  
“This is about us,” the speaker told a gathering in East Hampton last Thursday. “There’s a global issue, which we’re all aware of, but East Hampton is going to change dramatically if we don’t turn…
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Cable Fight Obscures Greater Issue

By the Editorial Board   05/23/19  
Right here, we can already observe the changes climate change has wrought on our ecosystem, from the northward expansion of certain types of ticks and the southern pine beetle to more-frequent flooding and the accelerated…
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Scaling Back Montauk Hamlet Study

By Christopher Walsh   04/11/19  
The ongoing Montauk hamlet study was the subject of more discussion when the East Hampton Town Board met at the hamlet’s firehouse on Tuesday with the board and the consultant who has updated it as…
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Method to Wind Farm Madness

By the Editorial Board   01/31/19  
Try as one might, it is almost impossible to find any substantial, factual basis in the recent statements withdrawing support for the Orsted-Deepwater Wind South Fork Wind Farm by State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.
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Waking Up to the Reality of Climate Change

By Christopher Walsh   01/03/19  
Storms, flooding, pests; it’s not just a theory
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Climate Change Looms Large in Montauk Future

By Christopher Walsh   12/13/18  
Coastal retreat and shift in downtown center
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A Legislative ‘Leap’ on Carbon

By Christopher Walsh   12/13/18  
Energy Innovation Act would put fees on emissions and boost alternatives
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