Offshore Wind Project Is a Win

The offshore wind project is what Long Island needs. LIPA, please make the right decision.

A current topic I think you should be writing about is the decision LIPA will be making on October 2nd regarding the production of offshore wind projects on the island.

I am thrilled with the notion that Long Island is in the position to become a leader in clean energy by implementing an offshore wind project. As the first project of it's kind in the United States, Long Island would not only be taking initiative to build a clean energy economy, but would also be taking initiative to fulfill what many citizens believe is a moral obligation.

During my time as a college student, I founded and became president of a sustainability organization dedicated to raising environmental awareness and organizing "green" projects. The group began on campus and has since spread to the local community. What started as an impossible idea has grown into a well supported and highly regarded campus affiliation. The pride that the other students and myself have taken in our efforts is unexplainable. We worked (and continue to work) tirelessly at making small differences that will amount to big change, however imagine the difference that can be made by beginning this clean air concept in the United States.

As global citizens, we must ban together to look at the big picture. No expense is too great when health and wellbeing of all human kind is at stake. The opportunity to make positive changes in terms of sustainability is in our hands right here on Long Island. That is amazing. I would hate to see LIPA miss this chance and limit us to dirty energy contracts. If anyone out there is still unsure, consider this; in addition to being a clean alternative, the offshore wind project would be an investment that would utilize a resource that will never run out and will always be FREE, a refreshing change from fossil fuel. At this price, we cannot afford to put our precious environment and health at risk.

Danielle Trakoval

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sadeto October 01, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Wind turbines do NOT kill lots of birds, that is nonsense. Birds are killed by many types of man-made structures, including your house, and by far the biggest threat to birds is cats. The estimates of birds killed by residential and commercial windows ranges from several hundred million to a billion, from power lines over 100 million, cats account for hundreds of millions, and wind turbines for several thousand. Complete nonsense.
Allie's Grandpa October 01, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Oh, my, another knee-jerk denier of unintended but harmful consequences.. I wouldn't say that resultant bird mortality is extreme in ALL cases, as siting of a wind farm, and the particular technology used, are critical factors. But, just as in nuclear power, things can be designed badly, and present disastrous consequences. But, for you to deny the impact, regardless of design and technology and siting, is deeply troubling. Certainly feral cats, and domestic cats allowed to roam, and collisions with structures, are other sources of bird mortality, but to deny the impact of wind turbines improperly sited and designed......?????? Aside form that point about collisions, you have not addressed the issue of habitat disruption, degradation, and destruction. On the points about potential bird mortality from collisions with wind turbines, I would invite anyone to view sites such as the following: http://policy.audubon.org/audubon-congressional-testimony-wind-power http://policy.audubon.org/wind-power-overview-0 http://mag.audubon.org/articles/climate/putting-wind-turbines-out-wildlifes-way http://www.fws.gov/habitatconservation/windpower/Wind_Turbine_Guidelines_Advisory_Committee_Recommendations_Secretary.pdf http://www.wind-watch.org/faq-wildlife.php
Deborah Klughers October 01, 2012 at 10:22 PM
In November 2011, BNL completed a solar project covering 200 acres of the BNL property (200 acres of woodland habitat was clearcut for the project ). It is the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the Eastern United States, and is supposed to power about 4,500 homes. That's about .o444 acres of solar panels per home. If my math is correct, that means ~1936 square feet of solar panels per home. Residential solar systems usually vary from 50 square feet to 1,000 square feet. The cost is expected to be $298 million to LIPA (ratepayers) over 20 years, which is the term of the contract. The solar power will cost about $7.20 per LIPA customer per year. A large scale distributed generation laboratory experiment by BNL and LIPA (customers) Good? Bad?
Frank October 02, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Good articles Allie's Grandpa... We'll wait and see for Hazel and Sadeto's replies....
Frank October 02, 2012 at 02:34 PM
@ Hazel. IF you think for a minute that Windmills are the answer, then you belong in a home, not Billy.


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