As New York’s energy needs increase, state officials are looking to offshore wind as an answer.
Offshore wind developments have been sited off the coast of Montauk and other locations throughout upstate New York and off the Great Lakes. These planned sites are great additions to the statewide grid, especially offshore where New York experiences the strongest winds.
However, these planned projects have met with opposition from Not-In-My-Backyard opposers across the state who complain that wind power will cause all manner of problems, from disrupting the fishing industry to obstructing the ocean and lakeside views.
If these NIMBYs get their way, we would have a severe deficit in instate energy. To keep the Empire State moving forward, we need to ensure adequate energy sources for the future.
Now more than ever, we need to open up the state to an all-of-the-above energy portfolio to keep the lights on and New York running strong into the future.