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Offshore wind power key to New York’s energy future – Daily Freeman

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Dear Editor,

Last week, New York once again proved its green energy bona fides with the start of construction for the state’s first offshore wind project, South Fork Wind, off Long Island’s coast. Appearing at the groundbreaking ceremony with Gov. Kathy Hochul was Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who said: “America’s clean energy transition is not a dream for a distant future — it is happening right here and now.”

Along with solar and land-based wind, offshore wind is how New Yorkers will power our homes in the future. This current project is an important stage in phasing in clean power, so that we can phase out gas-generated electricity by 2040. That is what is mandated by New York’s climate law, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, passed in 2019.

I call on Gov. Hochul to continue to make aggressive commitments to fund renewable energy infrastructure as the budget process progresses in Albany. In addition, we need to invest the necessary $1 billion per year to subsidize weatherization and building conversions to all-electric power. This will prepare us to tap into renewable energy for heating, especially in economically underinvested communities.

New York’s clean power transition is happening here and now, and none too soon.

Sarah L. Kennedy

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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