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L.I. Offshore Wind Farm Delayed To 2023

Deep Water Wind
Courtesy of Deepwater Wind South Fork Wind Farm
Orstead owns Deep Water Wind, a project off the coast of Rhode Island.

Developers of an offshore wind farm in eastern Long Island say they don’t expect the project to be operational until the end of 2023. 

The company, Ortsed, says federal delays in the permitting process have stalled projects across the Northeast, including the South Fork Wind Farm. 

Orsted is waiting for federal approval to space out the wind turbines to accommodate commercial fishing and shipping businesses.  Federal regulators are expected to make their decision by October 2021.

Government watchdogs say the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that permits these projects is drained of funding and needs more staff to process offshore wind proposals.


A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.