The South Fork Wind Farm

WHAT: A new 15-turbine offshore wind farm and state-of-the-art transmission system that will generate enough clean energy to power 70,000 average homes and offset tons of emissions each year.

WHERE: The South Fork Wind Farm will be located in the Atlantic Ocean 35 miles east of Montauk Point, out of sight from Long Island beaches.  Its transmission system will deliver power to the local grid in the Town of East Hampton, NY.

WHEN: Onshore and offshore construction is planned to begin in 2021, with the wind farm coming online in 2022.

WHY: Power needs on the South Fork are growing faster than anywhere else on Long Island.  In 2015, PSEG/LIPA issued a request for proposals to address this specific need, and more than 20 proposals were received.  The South Fork Wind Farm was selected because it was part of a portfolio that was found to be the most cost-effective solution.

A STAND-ALONE PROJECT: The South Fork Wind Farm will not connect with future wind farms and its transmission infrastructure will be sized to accommodate only its 15 turbines (132MW).

Delivering offshore wind power to the local grid

The South Fork Wind Farm will deliver power via a single, 138kV alternating current (AC) transmission line directly to the East Hampton substation, located off Cove Hollow Road.

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No impact to the beach

Regardless of the route selected, installation and operation of the cable will not impact the beach. Beach access will be maintained during installation of the cable.

A cable landing at Beach Lane in Wainscott has been identified as part of the “preferred route” in the Article VII application. This route follows Town-owned roads and the Long Island Road right-of-way for a total distance of 4.I miles to the substation located off Cove Hollow Rd.

A “viable alternate route” for the onshore cable has also been identified in the Article VII application with a cable landing at the Hither Hills State Park. This route follows state-owned roads and the Long Island Rail Road right-of-way for a total distance of 11.9 miles to the substation located off Cove Hollow Road.

Construction restrictions to minimize community disruption 

As proposed, a series of construction restrictions will minimize disruption to residents: The use of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) technology will protect the beach from disturbance and ensure beach access throughout construction. Active HDD will not begin before November 1 and will be completed by March 31. Construction hours will follow the work day permitted under the Town Code (7am to 7pm) with exception for only extenuating circumstances, and the project will be designed to meet levels within the day-time noise ordinance.

Cable installation in the roads

As proposed, the construction associated with laying the cable in the road from the upland cable vault to the substation is typical buried utility work:  An underground duct bank consisting of concrete encased conduits will be installed, utilizing cable vaults for installation and maintenance access.  The concrete encasing the conduits will have maximum dimensions of 36 inches by 40 inches. The cable vaults will be set approximately 1,000-1,500 feet apart and will be concrete with a cast iron cover.  The cable vault dimensions are anticipated to be approximately 26 feet long, nine feet wide and ten feet deep.

No ground disturbing road work will take place during the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Temporary asphalt patch will be laid after construction, then the entire route will be fully resurfaced.

Work restrictions & design criteria for horizontal directional drilling (HDD) at Beach Lane

There will be no impact to the beach during cable installation or operation.

HDD will be used to drill a path for the cable conduit deep under the road, parking lot, beach and nearshore area. This installation approach will also protect the cable from erosion.

The cable depth under the beach will be at least 30 feet, measured from the edge of pavement in the parking lot and from mean low-water along the shoreline.

The HDD work window is limited to November 1 through March 31.

The project will be designed to ensure sound levels remain within the day-time noise ordinance.

Work restrictions & design criteria for onshore cable installation from Beach Lane to the EH substation

Ground disturbing work is permitted only after Labor Day and before Memorial Day.

The process of laying cable under the roads is typical buried utility work.

Investments in Wainscott

If the local real estate rights are granted to allow the proposed onshore cable route from Wainscott Beach, the existing overhead lines will be buried along the full length of Beach Lane and a portion of Wainscott Main Street between Wainscott Hollow Rd and Sayre’s Path. Burying these existing lines will improve homeowners’ view.

Additionally, a Wainscott Water Infrastructure Fund will be created in the amount of $1 million to support wastewater improvements.

Other investments including funding to support the local commercial fishing industry and energy sustainability programming are also planned.

Permitting review

The South Fork Wind Farm will be reviewed under separate processes at the state and federal levels:

  • Article VII submission to the New York State Public Service Commission
    • The project’s Article VII submission to the New York State Public Service Commission was filed in September 2018. We encourage people to review and/or comment on our submission on the Public Service Commission website. You can find the filing here.
    • Access our public notices related to the Article VII filing here.
    • Additional information about the Article VII process is available here.
  • U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management starts environmental impact statement review
    • This extensive review will examine the project’s Construction and Operations Plan (COP) and related environmental considerations.

For additional information, and to view the COP, visit BOEM’s South Fork page at boem.gov/south-fork.