Fishermen oppose NYC offshore wind project

The Offshore Wind Project in New York City is given a go signal by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) last week. On the other hand, the commercial fishermen disagree in building windmills on pylons within approximately 329 square kilometers of the New York Bight.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that the department took a major step in broadening the nation’s energy portfolio, channeling power near population centers on the East Coast. The Offshore Wind Project is a public-private collaboration by Con Edison, Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and New York Power Authority (NYPA).

The main goal of this project is to supply the Long Island and New York City with clean and renewable energy. This is also to reduce the use of fossil fuels for electricity production. The project could generate at least 70 megawatts of energy yearly. This is sufficient to fuel a quarter of a million houses. According to Interior Department, the plan brings to 11 the number of states either partaking or interested the offshore wind energy program of the agency’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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