The federal government has removed two areas offshore from the Hamptons from consideration for wind farm leases, according to Newsday.
The proposed leasing of the areas — Fairways North and Fairways South — was opposed by some state and local officials on the East End. The areas are about 15 miles offshore and visible from the coast.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management cited “maritime traffic issues, commercial fisheries, and, for Fairways South, commercial viability regarding the size,” for the decision, according to bureau project manager Luke Feinberg.
The decision does not affect Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind’s plans for the South Fork Wind Farm, slated for an area east of Long Island and south of Rhode Island. That project has also received some pushback from locals because it would send some power via a cable to East Hampton via Wainscott Beach.
[Newsday] — Dennis Lynch