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Deepwater Wind eyeing South Brooklyn Marine Terminal for staging ground

Offshore wind farm company hopes to harness “Saudi Arabia of wind” off Long Island

February 25, 2016 08:35AM

South Brooklyn Marine Termina (credit: EDC)l (inset: Deepwater Wind's Jeffrey Grybowski)

South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (inset: Deepwater Wind’s Jeffrey Grybowski)

A wind energy company — currently building the country’s first offshore wind farm – is considering the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park as an on-land staging ground for a future project off of Long Island.

Deepwater Wind’s project could ultimately generate clean power for New York City, Bloomberg reported, citing a source familiar with negotiations.

“We’ve got one of the best sources of offshore wind in the county, right off Long Island,” the Sierra Club’s Dan Sherrell told the news service. “It’s literally the Saudi Arabia of wind.”

Deepwater started construction of a 30-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, where the company is based, back in July. The company plans to build several more, including near Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, and along the Jersey Shore.

The city recently launched efforts to revive the Terminal, which has been mostly vacant for a decade. In late 2014, the Economic Development Corporation proposed a $115 million redevelopment effort, but it stalled in the face of opposition from the City Council. [Bloomberg]Ariel Stulberg