Offshore Wind and Communities

The benefits from offshore wind off the South Shore of Long Island could be potentially major. According to Stony Brook’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology center, a 700 MW wind farm in this location could create 17,000 jobs for New Yorkers. This is why labor groups such as the Long Island AFL-CIO have come out strongly advocating for wind power in this location.

Furthermore, offshore wind power generates the greatest amount of power at the precise time when our demands for electricity are highest – which suggests that offshore wind power could help us replace dirty peaker plants in the energy market and address longstanding environmental injustices caused by these plants, such as disproportionately high asthma rates in peaker plant locations.